Acrylic: CRITIQUE: "West Coast Fall"

It’s important to consider color theory when painting a landscape.

by John Budicin

West Coast Fall
acrylic on canvas.

It’s important to consider color theory when painting a landscape because often, as in this painting, the colors are too intense throughout the composition. For example, the sunset colors have subtleties that need to be considered. If the position of the sun is close to the horizon, the color closest to the horizon should be in the red family; as the sun moves toward the zenith, the color should loose intensity. The artist may also want to take a closer look at the colors of the clouds. In this painting, the cloud colors fall into the red-to-orange range with a change to warm white when they are directly overhead. Finally, the trees should be painted as silhouettes and contain more of their natural colors. One suggestion is to add some cadmium red and a touch of phthalocyanine green to the blue until you find a value that feels right.

About the Critic
John Budicin's plein air and studio landscape paintings achieved numerous top awards from esteemed art competitions.  He also was featured in several articles published by national magazines including Southwest Art, Art of the West, American Artist, American Artist Workshop, International Artist, and The Artist Magazine. In addition, his work was reproduced in the following books: 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists, Enchanted Isle' History of Plein Air Painting in Catalina, and From Sea to Shining Sea A Reflection Of America. Budicin is the president of the Plein Air Painters Of America, a signature member of Oil Painters of America, and also is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters, Western Rendezvous of Art, and The California Art Club. 

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