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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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Chris Richards is a landscape artist based in the upper Swansea Valley village of Ystradgynlais.

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