Llyn y Fan Fach Panoramic

oil painting in progress of Llyn y Fan Fach in the brecon beacons

I first visited Llyn y Fan Fach 10 years ago and was in awe of its scale, beauty and incredible tranquillity. This is the first panoramic canvas I’ve painted. I think the scene of Llyn y Fan Fach and the Carmarthen Fans suits the aspect ratio well. It’s likely to be the first of many I paint of this incredible location.

After not painting for a week it took a lot of inertia to actually start this one. I really need to adopt a ‘little and often’ approach to painting as putting a brush to canvas after a week seems so daunting. However, once I got going I didn’t take long to slip into flow. Nearly five hours later I finished the initial blocking-in stage.

So the initial blocking-in is done. I need to leave it to dry before I can move on with it. The next step will be refining the colours and values. I need to take my time with it. I’m always tempted to jump straight to my favourite bits – adding the details and highlights. But my painting process this time round has been pragmatic so I need to continue along the same lines to completion.

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Landscape artist Chris Richards lives on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in the village of Ystradgynlais. Chris works mainly in oils, but also dabbles with acrylics, ink pens, watercolours, and soft pastels.

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