Landscape Painting: Techniques & Tutorials

Learn the fundamentals of landscape painting with these helpful articles from ArtistsNetwork. Whether you’re looking to get best practices for plein air painting, general information on impressionist landscapes and landscape painters, or instruction on the oil painting landscape, acrylic landscape painting, the pastel landscape or landscape painting tips, you’ve come to the right place.

Autumn Migration II (pastel) by Kathleen Galligan

Reimagined Landscapes | A Gallery of Pastels by Kathleen Galligan

Over the past five years or so, Maine artist Kathleen Galligan has seen a change in her painting approach. The landscapes she once painted as depictions of a specific time and place are now done solely from memory and imagination. The artist no longer paints from reference photos, finding it more interesting to create...

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A Less-Is-More Approach for Painting Atmospheric Sea and Sky Landscapes | Hazel Soan

In her new book, The Artist’s Color Guide: Watercolor—Understanding Palette, Pigments and Properties, artist and best-selling author Hazel Soan explores each color of the rainbow—chapter by chapter—to help you select, mix and combine color with confidence to create your own radiant watercolor paintings. Here she shares how she employs blue and a less-is-more approach...

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Pastel Pointers | When Memory Gets in the Way

During a recent visit to the Goleta Slough in California, I noticed that the bank of eucalyptus trees that lines the crest of the coastal cliffs to the east had changed. In many parts of the state there's a movement to eradicate the trees since they aren't native to the region. Conversely, California in...

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So, What’s Your Hook?

Knowing the hook—or what it is that attracted me to a certain scene—is key to producing a successful landscape painting. It's the concept. If I don’t know why I’m doing it, then I won’t know what to do. Following this concept is also useful in terms of knowing when a painting is finished. Think...