Painting a Landscape in Oil Colours

Updated: Oct 4

Rad Educators is a 1-year program intended to help beginner artists learn step-by-step techniques from professional artists across different mediums. This is in no way sponsored or promoted by any particular Art Brand.


Deepak Deshmukh is a Rad Educator for Charcoal Sketching.


Materials required:


1) Acrylic Paints

2) Paint Brushes

3) Canvas






Step 1 :


Using the reference image, add shades of green, yellow and brown for the background on a well-primed canvas. Draw the outline of the bridge, rock and river.


Step 3:


Using a thin brush, add highlights using the shades of white and yellow colour. Here, dry brush technique is used. This means that, there is no water or oil in the brush, only colour. Dip the brush in colour, only the tip; hold it perpendicular to the canvas and just touch it in rapid motion.




Step 4:


Add details in the bridge. Add highlights using light brown and shadows using dark brown. To paint the grass, add strokes. The strokes start from the outside of the canvas and are pulled inside. Notice how to hold the brush. By holding the brush towards the end, less pressure is applied and it results in thin strokes.



Step 5:


Add the details in the water to create a foamy look using white colour. Move the brush in circular motion to get the desired result.




Step 6:


Now, for the drawing the reflection, take shades of yellow and brown and smudge them properly.


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