Pacific Crest Trail 2019

The Story Behind the Painting

A few months ago I joined a Facebook group called Sketching – The Great Outdoors Adventure where adventurers submit photos of themselves in the great outdoors and then artists can choose to paint these photos. Keep reading to find out how someone ended up with a free painting, the adventure covers the cost of the postage and then the artworks are sent out to them.

My Painting Process

I started off with the sky and then the mountains, As you can see the iPhone didn’t manage to capture the light blue of the sky.


Next I moved onto the trees, painting different shaded of green and a slight golden colours in the tops of some. I also added a green undercoat for the grass and shrubs.


My favourite part of this painting was the lady’s puff jacket and backpack. This I spent extra time as I know how much I love my backpack and they definitely become part of you after so many hikes and long trips.


Now I totally forgot that this was supposed to be a quick sketch and really got carried away with all the details in the flowers. I also re visited the trees and added a little extra details.


A close up to show how much detail is in such a small painting. If you look closely you can see the hikers Initials I painted on her shorts “JO”. Just a little personal touch I add to my paintings.


Finished artwork ready to be packaged up and posted overseas to the US.


Gouache and Watercolour Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold 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 or Landscape.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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