Size: 36″x24″
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Working Title: Highland Mill



Well, I am back to work on another landscape. I have been doing a lot of exercises lately just to keep working on improving my skills. These include having done my first ever “still-life”. I have revamped my entire studio (again) and I think I have finally got the right setup. All new 5000k lighting gives me the most natural light, day or night.

I have been wanting to do another Mill for quite some time, and this is a bit of a different twist. What you see here is the underpainting, which is done in acrylics. I have started on the oils but was just too tired to shoot a photo of it today, so I will do that tomorrow. I feel a bit rusty, but I’m sure I’ll get back in the groove.


Back to work today. Here you can see the oils have been done for most of the sky. I use a mixture of blues, primarily Prussian Blue and Pthalo, but there is also some Cobalt and French Ultramarine as well.

I know there are those out there who feel the use of black should be forbidden, but there is a bit of Ivory black and Titanium white here and there too. I think each artist should decide what works for them. You can build a nice black from colors like brown and blue if you choose, which I do frequently. I personally like the properties of Ivory black and do not shy away from the use of it when I feel it is appropriate.


This is actually the culmination of a few days worth of work. I spent some time working on the background mountains and the intermediate landscape. I will be going back in with some light glazes to tone them down a bit, but sometimes it is easier to define light and shadow when the colors are just a little more intense.

I then went into the areas I left “cut out” in the last sitting and laid in the blades of the old mill. I used a fairly wide variety of colors to represent the old wood and some rust, but also some touches of color just to add interest and a place for the eye to rest. The next day I went back with a palette knife and added more details to define the wood grain and the splintered edges. A few more touches of diluted Indian Red add some areas of rust.

The next step was to define the hues I will use for the stones on the tower. For the most part, this is just to define the curve necessary to show dimension and to play with the grays created by mixing complimentary colors. I will “play outside of the lines” a bit when I go back in to detail the stonework.