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.

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The Contrast Effect | Important Rules for Landscape Painting

The term “simultaneous contrast” was first used by French physicist Michel Eugene Chevreul to explain a phenomenon plaguing the dye works at the Gobelins Manufactory in Paris. The colors of various yarns were appearing to change from project to project for no apparent reason. Chevreul was able to ascertain that the yarn colors themselves...

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The Most Common Mistake Artists Make Is …

Artist and author Joyce Hicks speaks to the most common mistake that beginning artists make in the introduction to her new book, Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes. Her love of painting is infectious, as you’ll see. I have to tell you, it was hard to decide exactly what to feature here, as her writing is as...

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Painting Blue Skies | Applying the Theory of Light, Part 2

Last week, I started a discussion on how best to deal with an extremely intense blue sky in an otherwise warm landscape scene. I emphasized the importance of representing light by indicating a full spectrum of color and talked about a method of selecting analogous hues of blue and painting them with fragmented strokes...

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Paint for the Impatient

If you're an oil painter who doesn't like to watch paint dry, then painting the alkyd oils is for you. Michael Chesley Johnson teaches the basics of this medium.