Tips For Painting Landscapes

by denisesanger on January 16, 2012

There are several options to consider when painting landscapes. From the design style, how the artist portrays the landscapes, the size of the painting, and several other considerations must be made prior to starting to paint the landscapes on a canvas.  This will ensure the quality and the look that the artist is trying to convey.  Whether it is a formal depiction, or something the artist is trying to convey personally, below are a few tips to consider when painting landscapes in order to convey the exact image the artist is going for.

First artists should not try to squeeze everything into the landscape image.  Select the stronger,  focal points of the landscape image and choose the elements that are best going to portray the beauty of the landscape. In other words, if you are painting from a photograph, learn how to edit the photograph for the best possible composition.

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Painting landscapes – Use Your Imagination

Next when painting landscapes artists, should use their imagination in the image they are going to be design on a canvas. By moving a few items, removing a few items, rearranging the color schemes, sizes, and depictions, and by altering the entire landscape the way you see it, will all ensure a stunning landscape painting. Additionally, adding in additional images from  outside the landscape design or taking out certain aspects of the landscape the artist is designing will make for a more creative piece.  Creativity allows the artist to display their emotions and feelings when painting landscapes.

Third, if you are new to painting landscapes, consider learning how to mix colors starting with the simple colors around the color wheel. If there is a certain green you are trying to depict or an exact color in a blue shade for the sky, try mixing these colors with pure pigments.  If you can accurately display the colors and themes by taking these shortcuts, not only will you be able to design the actual landscape you wish to paint but it may look more realistic versus mixing colors – especially if you are a beginner painter.

A Beginner level color theory class will teach you how to mute colors, or add a darker twist to them. Start experimenting with mixing colors like greens. Try adding in a little black with different shades of yellow or green, the artist will be able to get different shades of green. When you wish to get various shades of green and darker tones of green on the image, it may be easier to do by slowly adding colors to the mixture. It is okay to experiment with mixing different colors but you may want to test on something other than the painting to be sure you have the color you want.

Also consider painting a series of the same landscapes for more practice.  Creating a series when painting landscapes will help the artist will be able to display the transition, use different lights, time frames, and sequences, all of the same landscape they are designing.

If you are serious about painting landscapes, artist Neadeen Masters offers an excellent landscape painting class at the Art Apprentice Online.


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