Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Latest Oil Painting

Painted by looking at a photo in a book with tips from my instructor.  The original painting is "Algonquin Park" (located in Ontario, Canada) by Thomas John Thomson.

This is the enlarged photo as it looked to me when I was painting it.

Same oil painting from a distance.  I had a very difficult time photographing this painting to make it look like it does in reality, and I'm not sure it succeeds.  Had to lay it on my living room floor in indirect sunlight to get even close.  In the classroom and in my home, the difference between the up close version and the distant version is astounding, at least to me.  I've never done a painting like this before, where the depth of the subject jumps out the further from the painting one stands.  Tom Thomson, for those who don't know, is a noted Canadian artist, one of the famous "Group of Seven."  See more at