Olaf Schnei­der

International Artist - - Art Challenge -

Sec­ond Prize is a two-page ed­i­to­rial fea­ture in Amer­i­can Art Col­lec­tor mag­a­zine

My In­spi­ra­tion

Paint­ing this land­scape was based on the feel­ing of seren­ity. I wanted to cap­ture a feel­ing of at­mos­phere and a safe haven. Hav­ing pad­dled to this lo­ca­tion be­fore, it was far enough away from civ­i­liza­tion that we knew it would be a quiet ex­pe­ri­ence where our cre­ativ­ity and soli­tude would not be in­ter­rupted.

My De­sign Strat­egy

I chose this com­po­si­tion af­ter my wife and I ar­rived at this per­fect camp­site. Upon awak­ing early in the morn­ing, I waited for the fog to lift. Cre­at­ing some pen­cil sketches know­ing ex­actly what I wanted, us­ing the rule of thirds, I quickly pulled out a small can­vas to get the colours ex­act. I wasn’t too wor­ried about the per­fect draw­ing or the place­ment of any­thing. Get­ting the colours in place was per­ti­nent.

My Work­ing Process

My work­ing process al­ways starts with a base colour; in this case it was the mid-grey. Cre­at­ing a blend in oils us­ing large soft brushes, the sky and wa­ter were painted, work­ing from top to bot­tom. Blend­ing in the fo­liage slightly over the sky, draw­ing the trees and fore­ground in with dark browns and greens. Work­ing from dark to light, the paint­ing started to take form. The light ar­eas were added. The fog was added af­ter the paint­ing was dry, so if I made a mis­take, it could safely be wiped off. The mask­ing tape was re­moved from the area where the ca­noe was go­ing to be parked, adding the fo­liage in and the rich cad­mium red, which helped make it pop!

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