I took Craig Nelson Speed Studies Workshop in April at Patris‘ Studio in Sacramento. It was a three day workshop. The first days were devoted to the figure. But the last day he demonstrated landscaping painting.
I have to say that though I’m more into the figure/portrait painting, I enjoyed the landscaping painting more. His demonstration was lively and there was a playfulness to his approach to painting the landscape. I have been drawn back to landscaping painting.
Craig often paints from photos. He usually enlarges his photos about 11 x 14.
Using a bristle brush about 1/2 inch wide, he lays in the midtones. The brush is nothing fancy; purchased at a hardware store.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the very beginning before he laid in the colors. But here he worked in the midground before working on the waves.
With just a few strokes the waves came alive. His style is impressionistic so the waves are not rendered very detailed but yet there’s the sense of waves crashing onto the beach.
Almost finished painting. Craig would work on it a bit and then helped students. Then he’ll return to add a bit more.
Close up of the background.
Close up of the trees
Close up of the area before the water.
Close up of the waves.
More close up of the waves.
Craig’s palette. Note the hardware brush on the right.