In The Studio: “Country Lane” Today’s Painting

This painting took me a little more time than I expected but it was worth the effort although it is still not a very good painting.  I scraped a lot of the darks back to tinted canvas using a palette knife and it really helps with the color harmony and a unity of surface inside the transparent darks.  I like the dark areas, and some of the grass in the foreground and in both of these areas I really worked at modifying the surface by lightly scraping the color back and then reapplying more color on top.  I saw this technique demonstrated by a fabulous oil painter Roger Dale Brown and it has caused a big change in how I approach the initial phases of my oils.DSC_0006the big tree is out of phase with the rest of the painting it is too light but I need to move on there are more paintings to work on.

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  • Colleen SaboSeptember 20, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    Wow–what a painting! The color is so vibrant, and everything sparkles. I love this contemporary oil!!! Really…ReplyCancel

  • PatSeptember 20, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    Steve, I agree, this really is Oh Wow worthy. Your colors are so delicate and vivid–as are the details! If one of your goals as an artist is to touch the viewer, this certainly does–early autumn like early spring can be so hard to capture, but you’ve done it! 😎ReplyCancel

  • ChristineSeptember 21, 2013 - 2:16 am


  • Bunty KetchamOctober 14, 2013 - 1:57 am

    I love the birch tree in the foreground Steve…it is not too light! BuntyReplyCancel

  • MercedesApril 24, 2014 - 7:01 am

    I love the birch in the foreground. It is all a lesson over how painting a tree trunk. ThankyouReplyCancel

    • SteveApril 29, 2014 - 11:33 am

      I am glad you like it, I think you are one the most dedicated readers on my blog. Thank youReplyCancel