A friend of mine is currently in Iceland on a writing residence where she made some beautiful pictures of the landscape, most of them way prettier than the one above, but I liked this one because of the depth. I thought it would be nice to give her a painting of this image on her birthday party which was right after she came back. I never painted a lanscape before, because it's not really my style. Here I'd like to show you the process, what I learned from it and if I would ever paint a landscape again.
I made the painting in my kitchen, where I store my art supplies. It is my tiny art studio. I wrote a blogpost about it. You can find it here.
The pictures are quite dark, cause it was evening (not very smart of me, but I felt like painting and then I have to make use of it).
I started sketching the basic lines, but unfortunately didn't make a picture of this. Then I painted the street and the mountains. Everything that had to be darker blue.
Here you can see the bad lighting I had while I was painting. I couldnt see the colors very well.
But I was lucky enough to have Louis, my cat, as my assistant.
I painted the air with a kitchen sponge, to hopefully give it something cloudy.
And then it got like, really weird and ugly.
So with a bit of yellow I tried to make the blue of the mountains a little bit more greenish.
I LOVE PICTURES LIKE THIS!
I started painting the grass and other green and brown areas.
This is (part of) the mess I made.
And after a while it looked like this. It looks finished, but it's not. This is just the basis.
Another one from the front...
Here I added the white line on the street and the grass. I also made the concrete of the street darker, so it would be more gray-ish instead of blue. Otherwise it would probably look to much like a river or so.
With a thick layer of paint I carved in the grass.
And this is the final result! With a white spraypaint I added the fog on the mountains. It adds way more depth!
Putting them next to eachother, you can see how I totally fucked up the angle. Everything is flatter in the picture than it is in the painting. The painting is very clean and simple, with not that much details. I did this on purpose: I like it to be clean and simple and I didn't have the time (or the patience) to add all those tiny details.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed making this painting. It was so relaxing to do! I think I will definitely make a landscape again, especially if I get my hands on a very beautiful picture like this one.
I am a photographer, visual artist, (screen)writer and filmmaker. On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.
P.S. I am not a native English speaker, so my English is far from excellent. Sorry for that.