Category Archives: Oil painting

Demo by Jeremy Taylor 2014

Demonstration by Jeremy Taylor of a landscape in oil.

Jeremy painted after applying liquin in a thin layer on board to lubricate the oil and to speed drying the oils. He used light coloured soft decorator brushes to spread and diffuse the oil colours. He applied colour to the hills with brushes and diffused with the soft brushes. He used a pallet knife lightly over the sky to create the clouds.

Jeremy used a green middle ground to link the blue and purple background and the warmer foreground.

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Bruce Mulcahy Oil Demonstration 2012

IMG_1108 Bruce gave a demonstration of how he paints outdoors in oils onto board. He also showed us techniques of applying the oils and manipulating them when still wet.
He uses warm and cool blues, reds and yellows together with burnt umber and white. These can be used to create most colours.
He works quickly to try to finish the painting in one session, painting the changeable areas as early as possible.
Bruce worked from a photograph of a harbour. The demonstration piece still needed work to include finer details.

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Although Bruce paints en plein air, for a demonstration he has to work from photographs taken during painting trips.

The sequence of his oil painting is shown in the following photographs.

Dark areas – mainly boats & buildings

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Mid tones – red colours onto buildings

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Further mid tones and skyline


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Some lighter tones in buildings

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Painting half complete at the end of the demonstration

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Sample paintings by Bruce Mulcahy

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