"SHADES OF FALL," 10128, daily painter original landscape © Carol Nelson Fine Art

One of the things students of oil painting are often told is to "loosen up," meaning don't over work the painting. Don't nit pick. Don't work and rework a passage. Use larger brushes. Paint shapes, not details.

This painting is done on a red toned panel. My goal was to minimize the number of brush strokes - not an easy task with a complex landscape.
Here we have three main color masses - the dark trees on the left, the yellow grouping in the middle, and the orange bushes on the right. Once those large blocks of color were in place, it was a matter of working smaller and and smaller to fill in the details of the rocks and water.

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Janice said...

yes, the dog attack was frightening, I too have 3 small dogs, papillons! I adore your 100 portrait book, what a fab idea! There are so many great ones, my faves are Auntie Trude, Ethel Liz and Johnathon. Nice work!

David Larson Evans said...

Success ... a great looking painting.

AutumnLeaves said...

Carol, this is beautiful. I so love the autumn season and having trees, rocks, and a stream all in one spot makes for one breathtaking painting!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Beautiful Carol. Makes me happy that fall is just around the corner.

Marian Fortunati said...

Really lovely, Carol...
Always good to be reminded about the importance of massing blocks in vierst.

Anonymous said...

Just a lovely piece Carol. thanks for sharing.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

What a lovely painting, I like your fall colors!

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This is a well done job. That painting is just so perfect. I can see that you made it with all your heart. To be able to do that kind of painting you must have the talent and hard work.

Dean Grey said...


If you look at this landscape really, really quickly it almost reminds me of your abstract paintings!

I guess it's all the blocks of color coming together.