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Gore Creek I - Developing a large studio oil painting from watercolor sketches done on location

Gore Creek I
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Plein air watercolor painting of Gore Creek        Plein air watercolor painting of Gore Creek by John Hulsey    

                   This is the original 8 x 12" plein air painting            This is a new watercolor sketch I developed
       
                   shown in the video below.                                            from the original one at left.

   As in the case of this painting, I often take my lightest watercolor kit with me into the field when I am scouting a new location and need to be mobile, and even agile, as I clamber around the terrain. This freedom allowed me to scramble down the steep bank to set up at the water's edge of Gore Creek, where I quickly got to work on this watercolor study.  Later, I decided to create a new composition in watercolor from this sketch and memory, to see if I could add more magic to the scene and develop a large oil painting from this inspiration.  As you can see, I really "pushed" the colors and contrast in the second version.


Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey    Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey

             This is the start of the large oil, with the                  Making good progress here, with all colors
      
       initial under-painting about complete.                          in place and edges being developed.

   My second sketch gave me the confidence to enlarge my composition up to 30" x 40" on canvas and begin the process of developing it in oil.  Because I had previously worked out my colors, values and shapes in the sketches, I could concentrate on developing my edges and paint layers and enjoying the painting process. I worked back and forth between glazed and impastoed passages to build translucency and brightness in my paint surfaces, using large bristle brushes, and paying little attention to details.


Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey      Palette for Oil Painting of Gore Creek by John Hulsey
      
               Nearly done here, ready for the finishing                Laying out colors like this on my palette                                touches that really add sparkle.                               always speeds my work along.



       Gore Creek I oil painting by John Hulsey

                  Gore Creek I
                                         oil,  30" x 40"                                      John Hulsey

                           
       Learn how it's done by watching this Step-by-Step video
   demonstration of John painting the watercolor sketch for Gore
   Creek I on location in Colorado!  
   

                  


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