Glencoe – finally finished

So I’ve finally finished it and I’m so relieved. I lose interest in paintings and really struggle to finish them sometimes and this was one of those. I’d actually intended something more abstract, but I found it just went in a different direction and I went with it. The next one will be more abstract!

Anyhoo, I’m quite happy with the finished result. It’s quite dark, which is what I’d intended as I wanted the contrast with the Loch in the middle to be very strong.

You can read about my progress in the blogs here:

Glencoe landscape – first stage

Glencoe painting Stage 2

Glencoe Stage 3

Glencoe 4 – more progress

Glencoe 5 – Nearly there!

Here’s is a quick pictorial run through of how it developed.

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Here’s the photo of Glencoe that it’s based on, can’t remember where it’s taken from but likely from the lay-by’s at the side of the road
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Firstly I covered the foreground in some modelling paste. Once that was dry I started blocking the colours in.
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Here I’ve started blending it and adding glazes
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Adding more glazes and some colour in the foreground
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Getting some detail into the hills
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Bit too much detail into the hills!
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Final painting

Looking a the photos it’s really useful to see how it changed. Should I have stopped halfway through??? I definitely should have left the hills they way they were but the foreground has improved a lot. The trouble was as I painted one hill this changed the relative colours of the other hills and I felt that I had to change them again. Each time I made up a colour it was very slightly different which through all the other off.

Really good experiment to see how it’s progressed, I’ve never done this before. I’ll definitely do it again.

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