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Original Creation

Study After Isaac Levitan

dracula 29 Jan 2021

This is a small 8"x14" study after River in the Forest by Isaac Levitan from 1886. I really love the work of the old Russian masters. I like Levitan's work particularly, because he seems to strike a good balance between expressiveness and detail. That is something I hope to achieve eventually. As with most of my recent master studies, I painted this on canvas laminated to a panel.



Pietro1963 Master of Monsters

love the woodsy spirit that lives in this forest.great work D.

MaxPowers Community Helper

Amazing. Great work


This is great and your colours are amazing. Can I ask please, what colours did you use for this?

I can tell there is so much of hard work here! Incredible painting Dracula! Thanks for adding extra pictures.
How do you feel this style - does it work for you?

I think I told everyone already I found an online class from online academy. It is English language. It is 35 hours of videos, 14 exercises. This is about landscape. The teacher is painting quite loose as I saw on the works. I think it will break some of my habits. They have 1 week of free subscription to try and decide if one wants to continue. I like sea but I feel tired a bit of it. So that would be a good change and certainly a challenge to try a new way of working.

Really nice. I feel like im right there looking over the land.


such good color detail

dracula Power Painter

Thank you everyone for your kind words. This painting came together more quickly and satisfactorily than I had expected!

@Sunnylady - I think this style suits me fairly well. I really enjoy expressive application of paint and color, but at the same time, I like to make sure close viewers get rewarded with unexpected detail. I have another Levitan in mind I'd like to try that's maybe a little bit simpler. Maybe I'll just go ahead and do that one next. I am curious about the online course you mention. I am nnot sure if I have see the comment where you mention it, but I will look around and see if I can find where you mentioned it! Thank you!

@Nivek1971 - here is the list of colors I used in this painting:

Lead White
Titanium White
Unbleached Titanium White
Naples Yellow (barely used this)
Portrait Pink
Ultramarine Blue
Blue Black
Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Green
Cool Gray
French Umber
French Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre
Green Earth
Cadmium Yellow
Perylene green (This is basically green black)
Black Spinel
Cobalt Teal
Minium (Red Lead)
Transparent Mummy
Lean medium with Lavender Spike (for sketch)
Maroger Medium

That's too many colors methinks! Definitely didn't need this many. Really you mostly just need 5 or 6 colors and can mix those to make the rest.

Hi Dracula, here is the link -

I think this style is very artistic. I will be looking forward to see your next painting!

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