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Hogwarts Castle- By Ryan Burdzinski

Hogwarts Castle- by Ryan Burdzinski

Hogwarts Castle
8″ x 10″ oil on canvas




A small experimental painting of Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter series done in the “wet on wet” style, made famous by American painter Bob Ross. Also known as alla prima, this technique requires a quick style of working in order to get the painting finished before the first layer dries.

The “Wet on Wet” Technique

For the dark background, I covered the canvas with a thin layer of ultramarine, diox purple and a little black mixed together with linseed oil to slow drying. Then I began swirling in the clouds and water using only white on my brush. When the white mixes with the background layer, we begin to see lighter shades of blue. The same technique was applied to the spires of the castle, and so on. Most of the warm colors were added after drying, to keep the “unfriendly” colors from blending.

Have you ever tried the alla prima technique? Did you find it difficult? Comment below!


Ryan Burdzinski ART

Ryan K. Burdzinski is an Ohio oil painter and graphic designer. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio in 1982, and later returned to the area to study painting at Kent State University. He received His BFA in Painting in 2006.

His original artwork can best be compared to surrealism, due to his use of random elements in his processes, and his application of realistic light to impossible, unworldly objects. Over the years his work has grown more complex and vivid. “With each new painting I attempt something new, something I’ve never tried before.” Ryan stated. “Most importantly, something no one’s ever seen before.”

Burdzinski currently lives in Brunswick, OH where he runs a freelance art and graphic design business. He also maintains an art blog,, and works on his own series of surrealist oil paintings. View his portfolio at

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