Oil painting made easy by following these simple steps to create this oil painting "Winter Blue".
Canvas, Oderless Paint Thinner, Cerulean Blue, White and Black oil paint. Flat 3/4" or 1 inch brush, small flat 1/4" brush, fork brush, and mop brush. My brushes look pretty beat up but they work better for me this way. My fork brush in this first picture of brushes is very used but works great for painting the leaves.
First lightly spray the canvas with oderless paint thinner. Using the wide flat brush paint the sky area (the top approx 1/3 of the canvas) with Cerulean Blue.
Using the wide flat brush apply the White paint. While the Cerulean Blue is still wet apply/blend the white brushing back and forth on top of the blue to make the clouds.
Using the wide flat brush now paint some mountains with the white paint. Be sure to make the mountains high enough so no unpainted canvas shows. Keep painting with the white all the remaining area of the canvas to the bottom. Don't forget to always paint the wrap around edges if you're using a wrapped canvas.
At the foot of your mountains using the wide flat brush and black paint lightly blend areas on top of the wet white paint. Areas higher up will be small brush strokes while closer up or lower on the canvas area will be larger wider brush strokes in order to give your painting depth.
Using the wide flat brush and black paint create the pathway. Make sure it's wider at the bottom and narrow at the top in order to give depth to the painting. Blend white in on top of the black wet paint in some areas to add depth to your path. Smaller strokes where the path is narrow larger strokes where the path is wider.
Using the small angle brush and black paint, paint the tree trunks. Smaller trees in the back and larger wider tree trunks in the front. Paint the branches using the edge or tip of the small brush.
Using the fork brush and white paint leaves by dabbing the paint around the branches to your liking. Dab dab dab until it looks full but not to full. You still want to see the sky and background through the leaves.
This last step of this "Oil Painting Made Easy" of painting the tree trunk shadows is optional. Take the soft mop brush and barely dip it in black paint create shadows of the tree trunks by very very lightly brushing the ground no wider than the trunk and at an angle coming away from the tree trunk. You need to be careful with this process in order for it to look nice. No worries if you mess it up just blend by brushing back and forth to erase the messed up trunk shadow. Then try again if you wish.
Please let me know if this lesson has been helpful.