How to oil paint this painting step by step. Note: For best results this painting must be done completely with wet on wet oil paint. Items needed: Canvas, Oderless Paint Thinner, Cerulean Blue, Dark Blue, White, Orange, and Black oil paint. Flat 3/4" inch brush, small detail brush, fork brush, and painters sponge.
Start by lightly spraying the canvas with odorless paint thinner. Using the flat brush and black paint paint the top half of the canvas black for the sky. Mix the orange paint in to create the late sunset look. You can paint a solid orange line across the bottom of the sunset so it appears brighter and fuller at the bottom. Add some white over the orange strip so it appears brighter as well.
Now paint the background land with black paint going from the bottom of the sky down approximately 3 inches stopping at the river bank edge. The river bank does not need to be a straight line.
Paint the remaining bottom area of the canvas Cerulean Blue blending a dark blue lightly to give the river or lake more depth. You can also blend lightly some white paint in areas along the bank to give more depth as well.
Continue to use the wide flat brush and black paint to paint the tree trunks by turning the brush sideways. Now use the small detail brush and paint the branches.
Using the fork brush and black paint dab around the tree branches to make the leaves.
Now take the sponge and lightly dip it in white paint and dab it along the river bank to make the shrubs.
Last and final step on how to oil paint: using the flat brush and a very small amount of black paint lightly drag the brush on the water to mirror the tree trunks. Make sure you paint the trees upside down and in line with the real trees so it appears as a reflection in the water. Also do not paint right from the edge. Start out a ways from the river bank. Then take the fork brush and very very lightly, barely touch the water and dab the trees to create the reflection of the leaves.
By the way you want your painting to look a little different so it will have your own style, so its okay if doesn't look exactly like mine.
I hope you enjoy these lessons on how to oil paint and realize how easy it is to do some oil paintings. Comments appreciated. If you like these lessons and would like to see more please let me know.