Landscapes Are Hard To Paint

The title is an obvious statement, but when you see some artists paint landscapes you forget that landscapes are hard to paint.

Not only does the light change constantly but then there are a multitude of distractions. My chair was uncomfortable until I figured out how to sit in it correctly half way through the painting. The worst is the bugs, not only do they love the smell of oil paint and end up littering your painting with their carcasses, but their constantly tickling you, biting you or buzzing around you. I don’t see how James Gurney does it, he can paint anywhere in every situation and turn out amazing work.

Well, here is another thing I need a lot more practice in, but I’m up for the challenge.

Landscapes Are Hard To Paint, Beginning light
Beginning light
Landscapes Are Hard To Paint, finishing light
Finishing Light

Session Details

  • Session: 1204
  • Work: 1030
  • Width: 7"
  • Height: 5"
  • Medium: Oil
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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  1. And remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”-
    when you are looking at absolutely amazing and breathtaking landscapes, you are looking at a finished product. Not just the hours of work that went into the painting, but the years of practice, learning, and perfecting. Patience, grasshopper, and keep up the good work.

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