Greenbelt Overcast | 12″ x 16″ – Oils
California-based Painter – Brandon Schaefer
I’ve always been interested in the beauty of this natural world around us and I’ve witnessed first-hand the incredible power that mother nature is capable of producing.
In 2005, I lost my home in D’Iberville, Mississippi, when hurricane Katrina rumbled through. This experience taught me not only to respect mother nature, but also to be grateful of what surrounds me because tomorrow may be dramatically different than today.
After losing everything but a few shirts and a sketchbook, I came to the realization that I didn’t actually miss anything I lost. This experience gave me a greater understanding of what really matters to me in life – the beauty of mother nature.
Beautiful landscapes are slowly changing or being damaged due to technology, pollution and many other unfortunate factors. So many of us work long hours spent behind a computer screen and are unable to enjoy what nature has to offer. And in an ever-increasing world of technology, we are becoming less connected to nature and one another.
I’ve made it my mission to reconnect people with mother nature and bring a deeper meaning into their lives by way of my landscape paintings – which also serve to preserve and capture the essence of these inspiring views.
Plein Air Adventures
At the end of May, I took a vacation out to the east coast to visit my family and while I was there I was able to go to Washington DC and check out the National Gallery of Art for the first time and saying it was amazing is an understatement. You can check out some footage I filmed while in the museum here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV7qwJzaZOQ
In a recent post, I mentioned one of the differences I’ve noticed between using oils and using acrylics is a “lazier cleanup”. I didn’t have a chance to elaborate on what exactly that meant, so I’d like to do it here. My process of cleaning up with oils is quite similar to acrylics [you can view a video of that here] – after a painting session, I simply clean my brushes with soap and water. My full process is down below:
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