Getting Started With Landscape Painting
December 2, 2014
Painting a tiny landscape the other week was really fun, so I decided to do more landscape painting.
I went shopping on Black Friday and bought detail brushes - including script liners, tiny rounds, fan brushes, and even a deerfoot stippler! I also bought a book called Paint Landscapes in Acrylic by Lee Hammond.
I was drawn to this book because the author doesn't use reference photos in it. This keeps the focus on mastering broader landscape techniques. He also divides paintings up into 3 stages: the underpainting stage, the 'awkward' stage, and the finished stage. He demonstrates how to move a painting out of the awkward stage and into a beautiful finished stage.
I've been working through some example projects in the book. There are 16 total, and they gradually increase in complexity. Below are my paintings from the first 3 projects.
This first project is a sunset skyscape, which focuses on techniques for painting clouds. I have a hard time painting clouds.
Reflections and Tree Silhouettes
Next is a sunset with a reflecting lake and some tree silhouettes. This was a great chance to practice using detail brushes to create trees. I loved working with all these bright oranges and yellows.
Blended Sunsets and Leafy Trees
This one is a more detailed sunset with blended colors and leafy trees. Detail brushes like script liners are essential for painting skinny branches. I used a sponge for some of the leaf texture.
Into the Wild
After doing those, I took on a project of my own, inspired by a reference photo from the Wet Canvas December Landscape Challenge. I'm very happy with how this turned out!
I look forward to doing more landscape painting.