How to Paint air! Oil Painting and Plein Air Tutorial

If you’ve always wondered what are the keys to a successful plein air or landscape painting with distance, this is the video for you. Before I do my Teton mountain painting timelapse, I explain to you the simple natural world rules to how the atmosphere works and how you can paint it. You can do this, let me show you how. Who knows, if you’re not careful, I may even make you smile along the way!

Painting part starts here at 5:45

The wonderful artists featured in today’s video:
Jay Moore:
Clyde Aspevig:

Here is a list of my palette colors when I work in the studio. When on location, I will leave a couple of these off, but that changes depending on what I’ll be painting that day. This is more colors than many artists use (especially if they believe in a limited palette, such as the Zorn palette) but less than others use. I like to use the neutrals and modifiers to get where I’m going faster than I could without them. It’s strictly a personal choice kinda thing:

titanium white, lamp black, raw umber, cold grey medium (Rembrandt)

MODIFIERS: yellow ochre, burnt sienna, green earth hue (Utrecht), dioxazine purple

BLUES: cerulean blue, ultramarine blue,

REDS: permanent red medium (Rembrandt), permanent alizarin crimson (Gamblin)

YELLOWS: lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium

Music used in the video:

Track info: Cinematic Documentary – AShamaluevMusic.
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Track info: Serious Documentary – AShamaluevMusic.
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Track info: Cinematic Piano – AShamaluevMusic.
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“Backing Track Soft Rock Acoustic Guitar Jam (Original Mix)”
Nick Neblo
musician and performer

“Acoustic Emotional Ballad Backing Track C major”
Nick Neblo
musician and performer

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