Painting the Northern Coastline from Sketch and Memory | Demonstration by Alastair Blain | The Cave of Apelles

Painting the Northern Coastline from Sketch and Memory | Demonstration by Alastair Blain

by Alastair Blain

To a Northern Coastline
Past the peak of Day an’ Pine
A Wanderer,
In search of the Eternal Sunset
The Rocks are rounded
An’ wet as Whales beached upon
Some hidden Bank

The Light of the Sun
Bleeds into the Burning
Hues Of Dusk
The last Beam,
Bringing to Him
This Primal Dream

Thus reads the poem Mr. Blain wrote in honor of the southern shoreline in Norway while visiting the Nerdrum studio. For the occasion, he demonstrated a landscape painting from sketch and memory, while being interviewed by Jan-Ove Tuv.

In this video you will learn about:
• Creating an atmosphere
• Implying different elements (water, rocks etc.)
• Directing the focus
• Curving the horizon
• Working with a twilight motif
• Suggesting a narrative
• To avoid being precious
• Basing a painting on a pencil sketch

Video was filmed and edited by Bork & Öde Nerdrum.

Mahler – Symphony No.4 in G major – 3. Ruhevoll
Performed by European Archive (Public Domain Mark 1.0)

▶️ Full video:
🎵 Full audio:

Fergus Ryan
Eric Chartier
Shaun Roberts
Viorel Trandafir
Matthias Proy
Dean Anthony
Jon Harald Aspheim
Børge Moe
Eivind Josten
Alastair Blain
Anders Berge Christensen
Erik Lasky
Fernando Ramirez
Francisco Salvacao
Herman Borge
Hårek Jordal Andreassen
Iver Ukkestad
Jack Entz Warner
Jared Fountain
Jose Luis
Marion Bu-Pedersen
Maurice Robbins
Michael Irish
Stacey Evangelista
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan


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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"