Painting of a Street Scene – in stages

Completed oil painting sketch of starbucks coffee and johnson ave. in riverdale ny

Here is a painting I did for a show I am having. I took photos of the work in different stages so you can see how the painting process works. One of the biggest mistakes I see aspiring painters make is thinking that you just draw it and then try to carefully fill it in. Almost in the way you would if you were coloring in a coloring book picture.

stage 1 of the oil sketch

stage 2 of the oil sketch

stage 3 of the oil sketch

stage 4 of the oil sketch


The finished piece before I signed it. If you would like to learn my methods, and make your next painting the best one you ever painted, get yourself a copy of my 7 Video Series called Oil Painting Formula. 

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  • eirahooper April 7, 2014   Reply →

    you always have such helpful advice I so enjoy looking and learning

  • Elsa Marthinsen April 7, 2014   Reply →

    It is so easy to see your progress in the painting. I do my best to underpaint and find the right colours to make it end in harmony.
    Anyway, I love your education. Thank you.
    Best wishes Elsa.

  • H.L.Dressler April 15, 2014   Reply →

    Dear ethan
    I love your work,your instructions and Videos.But I am soooooo stupid with my computer,I am an absolute beginner and can not find anybody to help with the monster.I very much like to improve my painting,how can I find your videos or books .In the bookshop they always ask me the ISBN code which I do not have
    Can you also explain ,how to find your free videos on my Laptop? Last month I had to pay the server almost a months income,our currency,the South African Rand, is very bad.
    Thank you very much.And I will not give up.

    • Ethan Semmel April 15, 2014   Reply →

      Hi. My books and videos are only available through my website.
      I’m not exactly sure what you mean by how to find my free videos on your laptop. The free videos are on the website and my youtube channel.

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