Tag: Landscape Drawing

Star of the Hero by Nicholas Roerich, 1936. Pinning inspirational images on Pinterest is a great studio activity that keeps me engaged.

Beating the Winter Blues

  The Plein Air Studio Solution Call it the blues, call it the doldrums, call it what you will–it seems that many of us plein-air painters go through a slump about this time of year. Even if the weather is good enough for painting outdoors, nature isn’t always at her finest when we’re waiting for…

Pastel painting by Jane McGraw-Teubner.

The Long, Hot Summer

Pastel Painting Advantages The light of summer is a powerful and extreme thing. Getting effects of extreme darks and stark, searing lights is not something every painter can do. There’s an acuteness of vision that must come into play to see the color that resides in the light as well. When I look at the…

The Evening Show by Clyde Aspevig, oil painting, 40 x 36.

5 Surefire Landscape Painting Techniques

You can often tell a landscape painting that was painted en plein air from one that wasn’t. There is an immediacy to the light and atmosphere depicted in plein air paintings that isn’t always achieved when the work is brought into the studio. But what really sets an outdoor painting apart? I went to some…

Dark Tidings

Sounds mysterious and threatening, right? No worries! It’s just that when Liz Haywood-Sullivan began to create pastel drawings, she was dismayed with the range of dark colors available. “Rich, dark pastels were hard to find,” she says. “Most of the time the darks just weren’t dark enough. Now, fortunately, times have changed and colorful, dark…

Hit the Right Values Every Time

Perhaps the toughest skill that the artist painting outside must learn is the ability to judge values accurately, and then mix them in paint. The reason that this skill requires so much practice to get right is because our eyes and brains are constantly adjusting to the light, kind of like a video camera does.…

Don't Forget to Look Behind You

When walking through a landscape looking for that magical spot that compels you to stop to sketch or put up your plein air easel, don't forget to look behind you (and not for muggers, but the view!). Stop regularly, turn around and consider the view in a direction other than what's been straight in front…

Taking That Leap of Faith

Artists who step outside their studios take a leap of faith. When you determine that you are ready to create a plein air painting, you take a chance with lighting, composition, color, and time. All of these are variables that you need to contend with to get your outdoor painting right. Artist Robin Purcell takes…

The Lighthouse at Honfleur by Georges Seurat, 1886, conté crayon drawing, 9 1/2 x 12 1/8.

Landscape Drawing Basics: How to Draw Mountains, Trees & More

Landscape Drawing Basics A landscape drawing is a formidable artist’s tool for many reasons. For starters, drawing landscapes is an enjoyable process because you can be out in nature and enjoying its sounds and sights. Painters will often create preparatory landscape drawings before beginning a painting in order to work out issues of composition and…

Plein Air Watercolor Survival Guide

When plein air painting, one of the most enjoyable and facile medias I've found to work with has to be watercolors. Hands down. The supplies are minimal, you can paint quickly and move from place to place making sketches of what catches your interest, and the paintings dry so quickly that there's no stress involved…

He Makes Scribbling Seem Worthwhile

Some artists, you love what they draw. But with every landscape drawing of Georges Seurat, it is the way that he draws that makes all the difference. Take any of his sketches and chances are it is fairly simple in composition. There are very few elements in the drawings and usually they all add up…

Pop Quiz: How Good Is Your Painting Memory?

Squall Line by John Hulsey (30 x 40, oil painting). John Hulsey and Ann Trusty created their website, The Artist’s Road, to inspire their readers and students with practical art tips and plein air painting techniques for the traveling artist. John and Ann have been blogging for us at Artist Daily for several months and…