Paintings, videos and instruction on how to create a beautiful oil painting. Watch step by step as Chris' oil paintings develop from the first brush strokes to the finished artwork, including plein air painting videos. Follow the paintings that are on my easel and that I'm working on in my studio right now.
( Updated 24th September 2014: Plough horses completed )
Old Farm, Dinas Mountain | 14x10 inches | Oil on Hardboard - An exercise in painting in windy conditions, my pochade box nearly blew over a few times (you can see it blowing about here in the video), but I had a great time painting this little Pembrokeshire landscape.
Little Blue Fishing Boat | 14x10 inches | Oil on Hardboard - Following on from my previous pochade box boat painting below, I've been back down to the beach with my paints again in the last couple of days. This little blue fishing boat study is one of the paintings I completed, an oil sketch, I painted this reasonably quickly and quite loosely to try and capture the scene as it was at that moment - no messing about with small bushes or too much fiddly detail.
You can watch a YouTube video I made whilst painting 'Little Blue Fishing Boat' here
This painting is available here on my Outdoor Paintings/ Oil Studies page.
Plein Air Boat Painting, 14'' by 10'' - As the weather has been so nice of late, I've spent a lot of time out of the studio painting plein air. One of my favourite painting spots is at Patch, a local beach, and where the river Teifi meets the sea. For this oil study I used my trusty pochade box, and very handly was able to paint from the comfort of my car.
You can see more painting videos on my Youtube Channel Here.
Ploughing Horses, 30'' by 20' - A large..ish painting of horses ploughing. I'm just laying in some paint and gradually working out the composition as I go. Update 24th Sept 2014 - I've had another session painting this lovely ploughing horses painting now, and as you can see I altered the ploughman's colouring and posture. I thought he looked a little bland before, so I made his clothing red, and his posture was off a bit too, so I made that more realistic. I'll hang this one on the wall here in my studio now for a few days, before deciding if it's complete or not, but I think it's pretty much finished now.
New Quay Commission, 26'' by 24'' - Here I am starting a large painting of New Quay, which is a beautiful coastal village here in West Wales. This stage mainly involves blocking-in the large areas of the canvas with approximately the right colour.. in approximately the right place. This is great fun, and there isn't any pressure at this stage of a painting, as nearly everything you can see here will be re-painted/painted over at a later stage and as the painting progresses.
Painting completed - SOLD
Hostel Commission 20'' by 16'' - This is a painting of one of the Elenydd Wilderness hostels, high up in the Cambrian mountains of Wales. In this first stage I've just blocked in the shapes very loosely, in something close to the right colour and tone. The next stage is to refine and adjust what's already here, leaving all the details and highlights until much later.
The finished painting was presented to it's new owners at the Elenydd Wilderness Hostel Trust, Ty'n Cornel Hostel.