Paint a Landscape in Oils
Intermediate | 2 hours 29 min
Paint a Landscape in Oils
Discover the talented oil painter within yourself as you learn to paint a bucolic landscape with professional artist Christopher Clark. In this class he demonstrates his entire painting process, from selecting his favorite materials to the thought behind each brush stroke. Inspired by the Impressionist movement and 19th century artists who are known for capturing the beauty of light, Christopher teaches how to bring this luminous quality to your painting. You'll begin with a charcoal study to determine shape and value, then make an underpainting. Add a few layers detailing and fine-tuning texture as you illuminate your clouds, flower fields, and farm buildings by painting with light. Whether you're new to painting or experienced, this class will give you the techniques needed to infuse your paintings with texture and vibrancy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Brushes: Christopher recommends several brushes for each size so you can have a different paint color on each brush and save time washing them. He prefers Long Flat Rosemary Ivory Synthetic Bristle Brushs in sizes 10, 6, 2, 0 and uses inexpensive chip brushes from a hardware store in 1, 2 and 3" for underpainting. You'll also want a small liner brush and soft fluffly brushes for blending edges.
  • Medium:
  • Odorless mineral spririts
  • Gamblin solvent-free fluid, and solvent-free gel
  • Galkyd medium and gel
  • Paint:
  • Williamsburg oil paint in Titanium white, cadmium lemon, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, transparent oxide brown, transparent oxide red, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, pthalo green.
  • Other Painting Materials:
  • Canvas: canvas boards or stretched canvases. Minimum size should be 11×14”. 16x20” is nice to have a little more room. Christopher is using 18x24“.
  • Palette: Christopher uses a glass palette. You can use any piece of 1/4” glass you have.
  • Palette Knives: Christopher uses a Bob Ross palette knife (it has two edges on it, one long and one short) and a triangle-shaped palette knife.
  • Paint Solvent: Turpenoid, Gamsol, and any kind of Oderless Mineral Spirits are all fine.
  • Brush Cleaning Jar: Christopher uses a Silicoil Brush Cleaning Tank. You’ll need this or some kind of jar about 3/4 full of solvent.
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Drawing Materials:
  • Paper sketch pad: fine-tooth paper, either 9×12” or 11×14”
  • Charcoal: willow or vine charcoal in whatever brand is available. Christopher prefers the soft kind in thin and thick sticks. It must erase completely back to the white paper. Test it in the store first.
  • Kneaded rubber erasers
  • Foam brush 
  • Spray fixative if you wish to preserve your drawing when you’re done
  • Easel
  • Apron
  • Brush Cleaner: “Masters Brush Cleaner” or “Studio Soap”
  • Download the class PDF for this materials list with additional notes from Christopher as well as reference photos.
Learn how to:
  • Paint a landscape in oils
  • Hold your paint brush
  • Start with a charcoal sketch to determine the shapes and values of your painting
  • Underpaint
  • Properly clean your brushes and palette
  • Develop your landscape in layers

What you'll get:
  • Easy-to-follow video lessons on how to use oil paints to visually capture landscapes
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list and PDF with reference photo
  • Step-by-step instructions by artist Christopher Clark
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
56 users recommended this class to a friend
Lots of clear explanations. I learned a lot.
More than 3 months ago
Sherry Esser
I followed Christopher's class just to get back into oil painting and I really enjoyed his detailed explanations of what, why, and how in regards to color and brushes. I will probably review this course again as I start other paintings. I've already recommended this class to others! Thanks so much Christopher!
More than 3 months ago
Cynthia Husek
Great tutorial. would love to see more courses like this
More than 3 months ago