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After growing up and living around the rural areas of Indiana most of his life jumping and living from barn to barn, this acrylic and oils painter finally decided it would be about time to produce a barn landscape painting of his own for others to benefit and learn from.

This how to paint art tutorial shows wonderfully the step by step process from which this artist adopts to complete a truly fantastic landscape painting which with enough perseverance can be achieved by aspiring artists and current artists of all levels.

He begins by studying his landscape before then roughly sketching it out using vine charcoal to get a great basis to work from for his acrylic on canvas painting. It is then painted over in watered down burnt sienna and to achieve his sky it took seven layers of acrylic paint to allow it to transfuse amongst the layers and the various tones and viscosities to leave an extremely realistic finish and representation. He explains how he has studied clouds for his painting for most of his life and he has actually formed a series of cloud studies from which his inspiration is drawn from for this particular canvas painting.

He applies a large flat brush loaded with white acrylic paint to a still wet sky to gather his rough shapes which resemble the clouds from his studies. He uses the clouds as a compositional element to guide the viewer’s eyes through the painting and around his focal points which is an extremely vital element within landscape painting because it avoids confusion and unnecessary distraction. It’s inspiring to see the transition through his clouds from very basic washy shapes right through to fluffy tonal and contrasting aggressive storm clouds even with just a few basic painting techniques and layer building.

With a selection of oil and acrylic brushes and a wide and varied color palette much can be gained from this artist throughout this painting demonstration, so just follow his thorough explanations and step by step approach and soon you will be able to paint with the best of them.

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  1. Dan Cooper says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the video and painting. I incorporate portals in many of my paintings which have become increasingly realistic based on a Midwest sensitivity. Caspar David Friedrich (died in 1840) has become a major influence on the use of symbolism and nature. I teach at the Indianapolis Art Center, but have not created any lessons online. That is something I’m considering working on. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. dharma510 says:

    OH WOW! Never thought to put a portal in. What a fascinating idea!! Great sky too, but I loved the landscape in the portal, the road especially. I love roads though, but really felt yours, like I was going into that portal, which I would love to do! I dont’ suppose you teach online classes? Dvd’s?

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  3. Dan Cooper says:

    The painting is acrylic so the layers would dry fairly quickly. Many times I used an old hair dryer to speed the process. At times there would be pools of water/paint that would have to dry naturally in order to not disturb an effect. At those times I would have to wait overnight or several hours. I rarely add pouring or drying mediums to the acrylics – preferring using just water to mix with the paints.

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  4. ArtistDanC says:

    The painting is acrylic so the layers would dry fairly quickly. Many times I used an old hair dryer to speed the process. At times there would be pools of water/paint that would have to dry naturally in order to not disturb an effect. At those times I would have to wait overnight or several hours. I rarely add pouring or drying mediums to the acrylics – preferring using just water to mix with the paints.

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  5. MrLander1979 says:

    In my art critic hat: For my tastes the portal, while well done, seems a bit tacked-on and incoherent with the overall painting. Its function and necessity within the rest of the painting is not really explained in the overall image.My human hat: That being said, I really like your use of heavy contrast on the clouds and it is really well done. I also think its always better when a painter simply paints what they want to see rather than trying to make some point no one will understand.

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