Last June I went to Christ in the Wilderness for a 4 day retreat. Every time I visit, I’m rewarded with beautiful solitude, majestic nature, the ability to think and pray. It is like a spiritual renewal or refreshing. God works in mysterious ways and I believe he was speaking to me through nature, almost preparing me for the near future. More of that on a later post.
While I was there in June, I took video of the surroundings and was inspired to paint a picture of a lonely birdhouse on a wire fence that borders the property of CITW. After completing the painting, I was inspired to name it:
This perhaps is in direct relation to the passing of my dear friend, Alanna. She always said our bodies are vessels and this world is not our home. How true.
Today’s video is in two parts. It is a pastel painting with a watercolor underwash on a white Ampersand Pastelbord. There are a few minutes of beautiful nature in both videos. The first video is a demo of the bulk of the painting and the second video is a demo of highlighting the details. All supplies are listed in the info section on YouTube. Enjoy.
Video 1 of 2 (9 minutes)
Video 2 of 2 (5 minutes)
It was brought to my attention that sometimes the videos do not show up in your email. That’s weird. I do not know why this happens. In any case, if you are reading this post from your email and do not see the videos embedded in your email, visit http://www.letspaintnature.com and view from the web site.
Interested on a print or greeting card of Going Home?
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It’s been a long time since you’ve seen a video, huh?!? Yeah, I’m slacking! Well, no more! Time to get to work. And more to come….I promise.
Normally, I like to perform a step by step painting demo right in nature. It is so much more pleasant than an indoor studio, however I saw this magnificent breathtaking sunset as I was driving to Springfield, IL, two weeks ago and I only had time to click a quick picture. So this demo is done from a photo.
Here is the photo:
Here is a photo of the final painting:
Unfortunately the video has poor lighting, so the final (which was scanned in) looks much more vibrant. I am using new software so quality will improve with use.
I hope you are keeping up with your art. I hope you are playing and practicing. I hope you are taking time for yourself in this area. Life can be overwhelming most of the time, especially if you have a full time job and a family. You have to fight for your time. Fight for it. It will keep you healthy.
Here is a link for archival prints if interested:
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As you may already know, Let’s Paint Nature has been running for two years. The primary goal of this site is to offer free art lessons in the hopes of helping people become closer to nature. As of today, the “Learn How” page has 49 free step by step painting demonstrations. Yesss!
We’re going to take it one step further…
I do not have the equipment, but I have arranged for a camera person who has the equipment to start taking and editing video of short hikes and painting demonstrations and do it on a very low budget.
To keep this site running with many free lessons, I’m asking for the help of those who are able, to make a donation for camera production time and art supplies. If you enjoy this site and the demonstrations are helpful to you, please consider making a small donation. Donations of $10 or more will receive a free bookmark of their choice. Please leave your email info when donating so I can contact you. Your name (optional) or company logo will be listed on the video that was sponsored and also appear on the video page of this site.
Donations of any amount can be made by clicking the button to the right.
I believe it will be much easier for the viewer to follow along if they watch the demonstration instead of just reading the demonstration. That’s why I’m very excited about this project. Not only will you learn how to paint nature, but you will learn about nature as well and see it from the comfort of your own home! Cool Beans!!!