‘Field of Linseed’ – Step-by-Step DAY 3

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Technique | 5 Comments

I left the painting to dry overnight and then today, very carefully with my finger, I removed all the masking fluid.

Once the masking fluid was removed there were some places where I needed to soften the colours and and take them back in tone.  Other areas needed to have more detail and colour added. The field was too green and I decided to apply more purple in places and some additional flowers to the foreground (Fig 12). I put more light into the trees and drew in the detail around the edges of the field.(Fig 13).

Fig 12

Fig 13

After a little more fiddling and touching up in the far distance (Fig 14) and a few other places I decided to call the painting finished and signed it! (Fig 15)

Fig 14

Fig 15

Tomorrow I will remove the painting from the board, scan the work at high resolution –  300dpi at actual size –  which will allow me to make giclée prints up to actual size.

Look for the final scanned image on my project work! CLICK HERE!

I hope this series of Step-by-Step illustrations have been helpful! Please leave me your comments below!


  1. Bryan Kidd
    January 21, 2012

    That’s great, a real insight into how you work. Looking forward to seeing the scanned version.

  2. Jo rozycka
    January 21, 2012

    Hi Al – this is fab – and actually I love the ‘detail’ of the field – looks like a standalone painting to me! Gorgeous work – Jo x

  3. Moyra Le Blanc smith
    January 24, 2012

    Another wonderful painting! I love the way you’ve captured the light in the sky, trees and field of flowers. The demo is great. Thanks.

    • Alan
      January 25, 2012

      Thanks for your lovely comments Moyra, I am really pleased you liked the step-by-step demo.

  4. Michelle
    February 11, 2012

    Hi Alan, Great work, love the fresh and loose feel! The demo is great, aloways inspiring seeing how artists work. Thanks


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