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Into Darkness – insight into the painting process

October 10, 2014

Tomas Honz

Enjoy some insight into what had to be done to finish this painting.

I was always captivated by the absorbing darkness of dense pine forest. When you stand on the right spot, it almost feels like it is going to devour you. I wanted to paint that thing. And this summer, I finally got around to do that. Bellow is a moderate size oil study. I also took lot of photos for aid.

Into dakness - plein air sketch


The idea I had in mind was little bit different though. So I did what I always do when I want to do some deep exploration – digital painting. This was the sketch that I decided to go with.

Into darkness - digital sketch


And this image is a snapshot of what I painted after the first session. My goal is always to fill the canvas as soon as possible, this was also the case.

Into darkness - painting in progress


And the final painting. Executed in oils on 150x100cm canvas. You can see that I made some further changes in composition along the way.

Into darkness


Oils from Taiwan

June 23, 2014

Tomas Honz

These are oil paintings I brought back from Taiwan.

Sketches from Taiwan 3

May 5, 2014

Tomas Honz

Third round of doodles from Taiwan. This time including some more refined oil paintings too.



3 books every art lover should read

November 26, 2013

Tomas Honz

1) Kevin Macpherson: Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color
If you want to learn how to see, mix and put down accurate colors, buy this book. Kevin Macpherson is a true master of plein air painting, who is not only capable of producing unbelievable artworks, but is also able break down the process of painting into easy to understand and incredibly efficient steps.


2) Ernst H. Gombrich: The Story of Art.
Probably the best introduction to the art history up to date. It offers complex insight into the subject while keeping things simple and understandable. And as a bonus, it’s incredibly pleasant to read.


3) Robert Henri: The Art Spirit
This little gem literally changed my perspective on lot of things. It is about art, it is about life and it is about being a human – always curious, playful and eager to learn. This is one of the books that makes smile on your face every time you open it.


Plein air paintings, January & February 2013

March 3, 2013

Tomas Honz

Plein air paintings, December 2012

December 27, 2012

Tomas Honz

Waiting for the End – process explained

December 17, 2012

Tomas Honz

Waiting for the End

Waiting for the End

How did I create my latest large painting?

First, I took a plein air study with appropriate color harmonies. At this stage I already had pretty clear idea of what I wanted.

Then I took advantage of my digital painting skills and made a new sketch in photoshop. I picked colors right from the plein air study and created this epic scene depictig last hours of mankind.


The photoshop sketch served well as a map for large studion painting, but I let the painting evolve a bit on it’s own.

Waiting for the End

If you are familiar with photoshop, don’t be afraid to use it for your advantage!

Plein air paintings, November 2012

November 29, 2012

Tomas Honz

Circus Duo

November 9, 2012

Tomas Honz

Oil on board, 50x70cm, October 2012

Oil on board, 50x70cm, October 2012


I used these two plein air sketches as references:

Which colors do I use?

October 8, 2012

Tomas Honz

I strive to keep it simple.

Cadmium red light, Cadmium Yellow pale, Ultramarin Blue, Titanium white, Ironxide black, occasionally Burnt sienna or some darker/cooler red.

Mineral spirits as a solvent.

With little bit of training you will be able to mix any color you want and as a bonus you will get color harmony almost automatically.

On the photo bellow you can see my palette layout. From left to right: Yellow, red, blue, black, neutral mud. White, which you can barely see, is on bottom. It’s nice to put all your colors in same order very time but the most important thing is to keep all colors clean. Scrape your palette, clean or switch your brushes and mix your colors carefully so you don’t contamine the rest.
Save your grey puddle and use it in later mixtures.

And don’t be afraid to use much more color than I do on the photo.

I hope this is helpful. I will share more in the future.


Paintings of Vysočina from August 2012

September 1, 2012

Tomas Honz

These are paintings from my latest one week long trip to Vysočina – most precious corner of the world to me.

Do you like them? Share your opinion with others and leave a comment bellow!

Spruce forests

August 14, 2012

Tomas Honz

Subject of forest interiors have always been one of my favourite and one of the most difficult at the same time. It can be quite a challenge to organize that visual chaos into a readable statement. But hey, what artist would I be if I didn’t try to capture those serene feelings which pine forests offer?

What do you think. Are these paintings success?

Forest 1

Forest 2

Green forest

Morning light in a forest

Paintings from June

July 16, 2012

Tomas Honz

This is the rest of the paintings from June 2012 which I haven’t shared yet.

Oil on canvas paper, 30x45cm

Oil on canvas paper, 22x34cm

Oil on canvas paper, 18x24cm

Oil on canvas paper,34x22cm

Oil on canvas paper,18x24cm

Oil on canvas paper,18x24cm

Oil on canvas paper, 18x24cm,
June 2012

Oil on canvas paper, 28x35cm

Ponds in Bohemia

June 26, 2012

Tomas Honz

I would say that ponds are very significant sign of my country. Wherever you go, you probably soon find one. And the best is that they are so paintable!

Oil on canvas paper, 22x30cm

Oil on canvas paper, 35x48cm

Oil on canvas paper,18x24cm

Oil on canvas paper, 22x30cmI

Morning light

June 19, 2012

Tomas Honz

Three brand new paintings for you today! I finnaly increased size of my canvases by a bit and I must admit that working larger is even more exciting.

Oil on canvas paper, 30x45cm,
June 2012

Oil on canvas paper, 35x44cm,
June 2012

Oil on canvas paper, 44x30cm,
June 2012

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