Landscape Artwork That Isn’t Boring
Are you as bored of pretty landscape painting scenes as I am? My eyes just seem to glaze over when I see landscape artwork that all looks basically the same: perfect sunlight over an idyllic countryside. I’m just not inspired. Give me a little atmosphere; throw in an unexpected color, or use an unusual compositional element–and then I’m hooked.
Looking outside my window right now, it definitely isn’t a scene worth writing home about–overcast, rainy, and a little grey. But it just might be a scene worth painting. Here are a few of the ways I could turn this bad weather scene into a landscape artist’s best friend.
Landscape Painting Improvements
Well, first I’d tackle that sky. For a while I’ve been wondering how to paint clouds with more impact, and then I realized that I’ve been thinking only of the airiness and transparency of clouds. But I’m shoving that off to paint titans of the sky–massive cloud formations! Clouds can look like giants, formidable and weighty. So instead of painting just an overcast expanse, I could make it seem like a massive cloud cluster that is looming on the horizon.
Everywhere I look the trees are one of a kind. Trees offer a great opportunity to paint the unique architecture of their forms. Plus, not every tree grows straight and tall–something that is easy to forget when they are covered with verdant foliage. In fact, they grow at some pretty dramatic angles with interesting lines.
Another way to take full command of this would-be landscape painting is by adding elements that aren’t there. What about a person walking along with a bright blue umbrella? Or, if you are painting water or a seascape, a cluster of boats moored offshore? I’m all for letting my imagination run wild and infuse a painting composition with more liveliness.
Landscape painting is not about a gorgeous landscape–or at least it’s not all about that. It is about creating a sense of place or a moment in time. And a really skilled landscape art painter can make any kind of weather or terrain work to her or his advantage by eking out what makes the scene unique. One skilled artist we all know and love–Johannes Vloothuis–is having a Paint Along to Establish Moods for Successful Landscape Paintings. Join in with hundreds of other painters for three sessions of painting from the convenience of your home or studio. Build a painting together with an expert instructor, learning the methods and strategies Johannes uses to create a dynamic work of landscape painting art in oil, watercolor, and pastel. Enjoy!