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Landscape Painting: Techniques & Tutorials
Learn how to infuse your paintings with dramatic light, even when the hour is getting late, for a beautiful spin on painting landscapes in oils. In this art lesson, Brian Keeler demonstrates his favorite painting techniques to create a moody …
For my studio painting Moran Point, I used a photo and several plein air sketches for color reference. I wanted to re-create the feeling of the Grand Canyon’s depth and distance, but I also wanted to anchor the viewer with some solid-looking rocks in the foreground. Additionally, by starting the painting with a monochromatic gray underpainting, I was able to “nail” the lights and darks quickly and easily. Sometimes if I separate the issue of value from the issue of color and handle value first, my paintings seem to go more easily in the early stages.
This painting exploration into self-awareness has led me to understand the profound importance that the initial drawing has in my own pastel work. It focuses me on the subject matter and allows me to calmly investigate the personality of the shapes and surfaces that inhabit the composition in advance of the excitement of color.
Andy Evansen shares how to use value studies to remove the guesswork—and white outlines—from your watercolor painting process, as featured in the October 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist. Take the challenge and create your own for a chance to win a prize!
A self-described painter of luminosity, Loriann Signori divides her time between studying the landscape with small plein air paintings that provide color notes and interpreting them back in the studio for her larger paintings. Landscape may be her chosen genre, but she says it is not why she paints. It is about color and feeling. “Color is my tool, my love, and my nemesis as I attempt to paint the beauty of the ordinary,” she says.
Paint the Seasons in Oils Follow along as Tim Deibler creates a series of evocative landscape paintings to capture the majesty of each of the four seasons. In this video workshop, Capture the Seasons in Oils, a cool winter scene …
Sometimes we find ourselves in a moment, surrounded by nature’s serene beauty, and wish to remember it forever. Landscape artist Johannes Vloothuis is passionate about painting scenes in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, and offers a DVD for each medium; read about his newest workshops.
Before taking my 18×26 stretched canvas to the field, I toned it with a thin wash of an acrylic mixture of yellow ochre and magenta. By varying the proportions in the mixture, I could get a cooler or warmer tone.
We have a two-for-one pick this week at Jen’s Picks! The uncharacteristic and wonderfully mild weather we’re having this August in Cincinnati is inspiring us to want to paint landscapes full of light and color before the darker days of …
In this hurly-burly world, it can be hard to stop and take the time to truly be present — that state of mind in which we shut off the busy chatter in our heads and become aware of our surroundings. This can be especially true for the plein air painter who is often consumed with finding something to paint and then frantic to capture the ever-changing light.