How to create a landscape painting on a wood slice!
Hi everyone! Meet Addison Kanoelani, our featured artist for this week! We're big fans of her bold and vibrant artworks which is why we're very excited that she'll be sharing her step by step process with us on our blog.
Today, she'll be showing us how she creates her gorgeous wood slice paintings using oil paint. Check out her work below!
Hi there! I'm Addison Kanoelani also known as @kanoelani_life on IG. I've been an artist my whole life. I went to college and graduated with a Bachelors in Art. I've experimented with many mediums over the years but oil paint is by far my favorite. And while I paint on a myriad of surfaces, I've fallen in love with wood slices. So I thought I would show you how to do a quick, easy little milky way landscape on a wood slice!
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW:
Oil Paint (for this particular painting I used a limited palette. But you can use whatever colors suit your fancy). For this painting I used:
And Titanium White and just a hint of Ivory Black.
Gloves: I personally hate wearing gloves while I paint but it's important to protect your skin! So I use invisible gloves, which you can buy at most art supply stores or online.
Oil Paint Cleaner/Thinner: I will only ever use Lavender Brush Cleaner by Chelsea Classical Studio. It's non toxic, made only from natural flower oil essences and smells AMAZING.
I also like to use a drying linseed oil, to make the oil paint dry faster. Because I do NOT have 2 weeks to wait for paintings to dry!
HOW TO CREATE A MILKY WAY LANDSCAPE ON A WOOD SLICE:
When you're painting on a wood slice (especially with oil paints) the surface is very porous, so it's important you prep it. You can do this with either a coat of gesso, or just a simple coat of acrylic paint like I do in the video. You can use any color, but I personally prefer to start with black when I do these night scenes. Or you can use any color that will be prominent in your painting.
LET IT DRY! This is important because if you get the acrylic paint while it's wet, mixed with your oil paint, when the oil paint fully dries it will start to crack. So stay patient and make sure the layer of acrylic paint is fully dry before you start your oils.
You want to basically create a blended, ombre` for the sky. The lighter color towards the bottom. Sometimes I feel like brushes don't give me the fully smooth look I want so I'll blend it with my fingers instead! (take THAT art school teachers chastising me for finger painting).
Once the colors in the sky are what you want, put some white paint on a small detail brush. And just start tapping in the sky where you want the milky way to be. And then blend outwards. Continue to do that until your satisfied. Make sure to leave some parts fully blended but still have a few hard edges in there.
Stars. The secret is probably in your bathroom. An old toothbrush. Grab an old toothbrush and dip it into some white oil paint that you have thinned out. And start sprinkling that over the sky. Remember there will be a higher concentration of stars on the white parts of the milky way.
Start blocking in the trees and foreground. Remember, the farther things get away, the lighter they get. And the closer they are the darker they will be.
Add some light parts to where you envision any light to be hitting the grass, or on the tops of hills.
The flowers are really just shaded dabs of paint. Keep the paint for the flowers fairly thin so it won't smear into the wet green paint. Or you can wait for the first layer of paint to dry and then add flowers. If you use the drying linseed oil it should be dry in 24-48 hours.
And you're done!
I sometimes like to add an eye hook with a ribbon and beads for hanging.
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
Have a question about this process? Comment below and we'll do our best to answer you!
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