Approaching Castrojeriz

The Story Behind the Painting

In 2018 I walked the full length for the Camino de Santiago in Spain, this is one of the best things that I have done I’m my life. I got to see some beautiful Landscapes, buildings and met some wonderful people from all over the world and consumed a few bottle of red along the way.

Castrojeriz is 325km from the start point of St Jean Pied de Port in France.


My Painting Process

This is my fourth painting in my Camino series, unfortunately I didn’t take progress photos of the other artworks so was unable to create any blogs.

I knew this artwork was going to be challenging with all the details in the buildings and the foreground crops.

I wanted this artwork to have a very interesting sky and aloud the clouds to overlap the building outline. I knew the opacity of the paint would cover the clouds once I started to paint the building stonework later.

The fields were difficult to paint because of so many different shades of green were used to represent different crops in the distant hills.

Next I started painting the building and stonewalls, and I love to use my super fine brushes to see how much detail I can add to each painting.

A action shot to show the scale of the painting and some of the fine brushes that I use for detail.

Once the church was painted you can see the opacity of the paint covers up sky that overlapped the buildings. This way the sky sits in the background and not around the buildings creating and outline.

Now comes the complicated part of the painting, the foreground weeds and farmers crop. I start off with a nice undercoat to show where the crops ends and the weeds start. WI used brush strokes to also show the direction of the crops.

Once I start adding the a few poppies and the village sign the painting seems have the appearance of more depth.

I notice that the foreground need to become a lot darker to highlight the lighter weeds and make the village sign stand out.

Now the difficult part, lots and lots of strands of crop and weeds all ranging in size from large to small for distance.

White and Naples yellow are hard to work with because they dry on the brush quicker than I can paint. If I add more water then they just become transparent and is no good.

Overall I’m very happy with this painting and glad I stopped to take the photo, while walking the Camino. This has now become one of my favourite paintings and possibly future greeting cards as I may not sell the original.

Gouache Colour Palette

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Hot Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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