Task 15: Painting your Landscape

TASK: Learn from a Landscape artist and trial new techniques;

1) Look at the work of a landscape artist: write about the artist and evaluate their work and then compare it to your own.

2) Paint your landscape


There are many artists to look at to gain inspiration from. Start easy and just experiment. Remember from our previous discussion that in addition to maybe wanting to represent or replicate a place of beauty, some artists opt to create these artworks to explore light, colour and texture. You may use the scene as a way to tell a story, illustrate an idea or conceptualise a metaphor.

Your chosen artist doesn’t have to be well-known or famous at all – any artist you choose will give you things to learn and draw inspiration from.

A quick list t start:

J. W. M. Turner

Claude Monet

Paul Cezanne

Vincent Van Gogh

Scott Naismith

Clair Bremner

Erin Hanson

Yukari Kaihori

Adem Pota

Stevnn Hall

You will have a photo from the previous task, so jump straight in and apply different techniques you have learned up to now. Think about composition and where your focal points are. Think about colours and do some colour scales and colour schemes to get you thinking about your range of tones (this will also stem from the artist you choose and maybe you are going abstract or impressionist with your style?).

Our previous lessons can help with any genre of art you wish to study; keep building on your experience of applying this knowledge to your work.

Think about perspective and use your observation skills to sketch in the key features to guide you when you start applying the paint.  Using a 3B pencil sketch out the image to work from. Don’t worry if it isn’t completely accurate; it is just a guide to get you started.

Oil and Acrylics…

You may wish to apply a coloured ground first. In doing this, it will help to give you a unified tone to work onto and give you a nice under glow of colour for your painting. Trial a yellow ochre ground just to see what happens to your colour and final effect. It is also more inspiring and helpful to paint on a different colour to white, I find 🙂

To begin applying the paint, I would use colours to show where the darkest and lightest areas are first. I’d avoid black but again it depends on the style and the picture you have in front of you. Maybe Burnt Umber & Titanium White establish the extremities of your picture. You can squint your eyes at the image to help to distinguish each area rather than getting hung up on the details.

Keep your water clean and have kitchen roll to hand to wipe off your brushes…it’s always better to have more water and change it regularly, than to use the same pot. If it gets mucky, then think where all that dirt in your water will go when using your colours! When you are mixing you want to get a nice clean colour. Even if you are using brown, it’s still worth it to keep your water clean, it’s good professional working habits.

You may wish to use watercolours or another media too. The idea is to keep building on your art experiences and experiment with unknown mediums at this stage. It doesn’t matter if it does not work first time.

Post your efforts and get some feedback to learn from the areas that need improving. 🙂


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