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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 the 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 the way I see the world around. It’s about art, life and about being a human – always curious, playful and eager to learn. This is one of the books that make you smile every time you open them.


Plein air paintings, January & February 2013

March 3, 2013

Tomas Honz

Plein air paintings, December 2012

December 27, 2012

Tomas Honz

Plein air paintings, November 2012

November 29, 2012

Tomas Honz

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!

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


May 12, 2012

Tomas Honz

I would like to do three things today:

  1. To share with you a new painting of storm clouds. I made it in incredible 15 minutes – my best time I guess. :)
  2. To invite you all to join my facebook page, where you can regularly check new and special stuff from me. Related to art of course.
  3. And finally to thank you for visiting this website and for viewing my artwork.

Oil on canvas paper, 31x50cm,
May 2012


May 4, 2012

Tomas Honz

These are two studies of skies from April. Painting a sky is always very challenging experience. One has to work very quickly and accurately to capture fast changing clouds.

Oil on canvas paper, 20x45cm,
April 2012

Oil on canvas, 20x20cm,
April 2012

Remnants of winter

April 13, 2012

Tomas Honz

Two new small paintings I did last week on location. I started to include iron oxide black to my limited pallete of three basic colors + white, which I was adviced not to do. Though if used carefuly, it speeds up the process of mixing colors and helps me to add more contrast and variety to my dark tones. Previously I had troubles making blacks dark enough. I hope you enjoy them!

Oil on canvas paper,
April 2012

Oil on canvas paper,
April 2012

A brook in Prague

April 5, 2012

Tomas Honz

This is a studio painting I did three weeks ago. I used a plein-air study as a starting point, but at some point, I took a new direction and let the painting evolve on it’s own. Do you like it?

Oil on board, around 50*60cm,
March 2012

Trevor Chamberlain

March 28, 2012

Tomas Honz

Trevor Chamberlain (born 1933) is already a legend. He is perhaps better known for his watercolors, but I thought it would be interesting to share his oil paintings instead, which are no less outstanding.

See more of his work here.


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