Landscape Painting

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Landscape painting success requires a knowledge of design elements.
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Landscape Painting Basics

Landscape artists are truly blessed. Their subject matter is inspiring, their studios are some of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world, and they take as their ultimate goal that of painting light. What could be more inspiring? But landscape art is not easy, though enjoyable. A landscape artist at the top of their game has learned how to paint landscapes through much rigorous study—choosing compositions that give a sense of place as well as capturing changing weather patterns and ephemeral light. But a finished landscape oil painting—when done well—has the power to almost transport its viewer, and that is why a landscape artist will always continue to create paintings of landscapes.

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How to Paint Landscapes

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Landscape Painting Books and Lessons

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Plein air is a popular technique for painting landscapes because it helps the artist be present - not just physically, but mentally. That's why artist Bob Bohler, who also happens to be an accomplished musician, advises artists to never wear headphones while painting en plein air. “I couldn’t hear that dog splashing in the water or those grasshoppers snapping their wings if I were wearing headphones,” he points out.

But for those who work in the studio, great landscape painting is still possible. Use a photo reference and a recording of the sound on location to inspire you. However, Bohler prefers to paint outdoors. “It’s natural—everybody starts out using photo reference. But you get the best possible information in front of you when you paint plein air,” he comments. “Once you can break away from using a photo, you are free. You feel like a bird leaving its nest.”

 

 

 

 

 

Top landscape painting artists

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En plein air is among the most popular methods of landscape painting.
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Asher B Durand: This mid-19th century artist is well-known for engraving the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He was also a member of the Hudson River School and wrote a renowned book, Letters on Landscape Painting.

Claude Monet: A list of landscape painters would be incomplete without Monet's name. The impressionist master became a household name for his impressive work with oils, which he usually painted en plein air.

Clyde Aspevig: Aspevig is a contemporary artist who works in oil, and has been critically acclaimed with exhibitions across the world. He is somewhat of a realist, saying: "I try to paint the landscape the way the human eye sees. I do not really paint every detail, even though it may appear that way. Instead I concentrate on the overall summary of shapes and silhouettes as they appear against the light. The detail comes from textures and the layering of paint, which create effects or abstract shapes that explain detail."


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  • Breton Wash Basin by Edward Minoff, oil painting. Edward Minoff: Weekend With the Masters Instructor Edward Minoff graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout his high-school and college years he studied painting
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  • A Wind to Ward Off Dreams by Jean-Pierre Roy, 58 x 68, oil painting, 2010. Jean-Pierre Roy: Weekend With the Masters Instructor Jean-Pierre Roy is an artist and teacher currently living and working in New York City. Born in Santa Monica in 1974, Roy pursued
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  • Santa Catalina Island by Kevin Macpherson, oil painting, 30 x 50. Kevin Macpherson: Weekend With the Masters Instructor Kevin Macpherson is one of the country's leading plein air painters and is highly respected among collectors and fellow artists
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  • Light at Sunset by Joseph McGurl, oil painting, 24 x 36. Joseph McGurl: Weekend With the Masters Instructor Joseph McGurl has been referred to as one of the acknowledged leaders in the current American landscape painting arena. This has been confirmed
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  • John and Ann’s recent post about painting water en plein air was so inspiring and right on target. I love painting water elements, too, because they always make plein air landscape paintings more interesting. John and Ann’s tips were great, and I have two more to add:
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  • Measure First, Draw Second; The Pathway to Great Compositions; Make Every ?Brushstroke Count; Learn How Top Artists Paint; How the Academic Technique can Work for You
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  • Point Lobos , oil, 12 x 16. All works by Matt Smith . Have you ever had a moment where you’ve stumbled on something unexpected and you think to yourself, “What a find!” That was so me a few days ago. I read an amazing Q&A that one
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  • Water is perhaps one of the more challenging subjects to paint convincingly in a plein air landscape painting. Whether one is inspired by the ocean, a river, or a pond or lake, each subject requires a studied familiarity and often distinctly different paint handling. Here are a just a few tips that we
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  • Trying to capture the likeness of a person in a finite period of time and meeting the high expectations often associated with portraiture are far from effortless tasks. They take commitment and savvy to do well. Our eBook Oil Painting Lessons on How to Paint a Portrait: 15 Portrait Painting Techniques
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  • On the Cover: Sunflowers and Coffee (detail, reversed) by Teri Starkweather, 1999, watercolor, 40 x 30. Private collection. Mixing Careful Planning With Spontaneity FEATURES Winners of the 2010 Cover Competition Hundreds of artists submitted their artwork
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  • How to Paint Landscapes; 10 Cover Contest Winners Offer You Their Best Advice; Combine Watermedia & Pastel for Inspired Results; Express Content with Fewer Brushstrokes
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  • Special Report: "Green" Products for Artists; Use the Right Practices to Paint Better; Paint Classical Themes in a Contemporary Context; How to Judge Values Accurately.
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  • I recently joined a gym in my neighborhood, with the hopes of working off some of those extra holiday pounds that seem to wear out their welcome around this time every year. My schedule is pretty busy, so I try to streamline my visits, making a beeline
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  • Ever since my trip to Venice, Italy, last year, I have been looking at paintings of the city by 19th-century artists such as Sargent and Whistler, as well as contemporary artists such as Steve Rogers and Leonard Mizerek . I've become more aware of
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  • Our newest free eBook, “24 Tips to Learn How to Paint a Plein Air Landscape,” is now available to download, and in it you’ll find tips on how to get started working en plein air and how to improve your en plein air painting technique
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  • On the Cover: Breakfast Club (detail) by Gordon France, 2004, watercolor, 20 x 28. Private collection. Artist to Artist: Dean Mitchell Modern Masters: Jan Kunz DEPARTMENTS Editor's Note Contributors Noteworthy FEATURES Weekend With the Masters Review
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  • ‘Tis the time of the year when galleries across the country host their annual holiday exhibitions, giving artists, dealers, and collectors the opportunity to gather around great art and share some Christmas cheer. Whether these shows are organized
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  • Check out what's featured in the December 2009 issue of American Artist .
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  • Check out what's featured in the November 2009 issue of American Artist.
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  • In the new atelier she opened in Rome, Andrea J. Smith teaches students to use a limited palette of colors when painting exactly what they see from a measured distance away from the subject and the easel.
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  • California landscape painter Camille Przewodek's approach to plein air painting is all about capturing the color of light. She credits her teacher Henry Hensche with opening her eyes to this new way of seeing when she was a student, and now she helps other plein air painters see the light through
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  • The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University is once again presenting an exhibition of California Art Club members’ interpretations of the idyllic region of Malibu, California.
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  • Emerging artist Daniel James Keys couldn’t enroll at an art school, but he used every other available means to educate himself as an artist, to connect with other painters, and to promote his artwork. His experience proves that with determination, support, and computer savvy, artists can make significant
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  • Our national Plein Air: Showcase Your State competition allows artists from around the country to share their interpretations of the landscapes that define their home states. This month we feature the Showcase Your State: Massachusetts finalists.
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  • The Table of Contents for the Summer 2009 issue of Workshop magazine.
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  • Los Angeles screenwriter, director, producer, and plein air painter George Gallo's movie Local Color will be released this summer and is already touching artists and audiences everywhere through prescreening promotion. Here is a preview of that movie and the story that inspired it.
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  • This exhibition fcocuses on the Hudson River School, a group of key figures in the American landscape painting tradition,and includes work from such artists as Jasper Francis Cropsey, Asher B. Durand, William McDougal Hart, and David Johnson, among others.
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  • The James A. Michener Art Museum, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, will host this exhibition celebrating the influence of Bucks County Pennsylvania's waterways (the Delaware River and Delaware Canal) on regional landscape artists. Art and the River Through
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  • Watch a landscape painting audio slideshow demonstration of Morgan Samuel Price's Last of the Roses (2:08). Price was one of the artists featured in the spring 2008 issue of Workshop magazine. Oil painting garden scene Posted to Artist Daily by Karyn
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  • Six top artists combined observation, investigation, and invention to respond to the encompassing reality of the landscape. They will be exhibiting their sketches and studio paintings together for the first time this summer. by M. Stephen Doherty The
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  • Watch January 2007 American Artist feature artist Richard McKinley develop a watercolor underpainting into a completed pastel painting (6:42). Richard McKinley Click to Play | View Details
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  • For me, the goal of landscape painting is to paint stirring images that engage and inspire viewers, and this is more likely to happen when I use information from a variety of sources. by Steve Armes Sketch for Sierra Blanca 2005, oil, 8 x 10. All artwork
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  • We present biographies and artwork from our 20 esteemed watercolor teachers. by Beth Patterson Mary Alice Braukman The Power of Letting Go by Mary Alice Braukman, 2005, mixed media and collage, 22 x 30. Collection the artist. Mary Alice Braukman is an
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  • We present the semifinalists in the pastel category. by Karen Stanger Johnston Changing Channels by Mike Barret Kolasinski, 2007, pastel on archival foam board, 12 x 24. First Place: Mike Barret Kolasinski Chicago artist Mike Barret Kolasinski is passionate
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  • With limited time to paint, pastelist Dave Stout has learned to pare down his supplies and develop an efficient and effective working method. Like what you read? Become an American Artist subscriber today! by Linda S. Price Back to the Clouds 2006, pastel
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  • Albert Handell, one of the most important artists working in pastel today, was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art. Here, he describes some of the seminal paintings in the show and his continuing exploration
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  • by Linda S. Price Anderson Homestead 2002, watercolor, 18½ x 22½. Private collection. Kolb looked for diagonals to create drama in this composition. Vermont artist Kathleen Kolb is not a fussy painter. She doesn’t need sunny skies
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  • The California Art Club recently held its 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, in Pasadena, California. California Art Club Announces Award Winners The California Art Club recently held its 96th Annual Gold
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  • We present the semifinalists in the oil category. by Karen Stanger Johnston Hyacinth (and the McCoy Pot) by Ellen Buselli, 2006, oil on linen, 12 x 16. Private collection. First Place: Ellen Buselli Ellen Buselli’s favorite subject is the still
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  • During the second half of the 19th century a single writer held enormous sway over the hearts and minds of American artists, critics, and their public. by John A. Parks Devonport and Dockyard, Devonshire by Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1825–1829
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  • Former woodcarver Suzanne LaPrade is very much interested in the underlying structures that make up her pastel and oil subjects. by Karen Frankel The Heiress 2006, oil, 48 x 30. Collection Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Farrel. The woods behind Suzanne LaPrade’s
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  • Robert Gamblin developed his art career and paint manufacturing business by learning how quality paints are made and how they can be used safely and effectively in the studio. by M. Stephen Doherty Evening Makena 2007, oil, 24 x 18. Collection the artist
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  • Nearly 60 views of Malibu created by members of the California Art Club are featured in this exhibition, which explores not only the city’s picturesque scenery but also the enduring California plein air landscape tradition. by Michael Zakian Driving
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  • After Colorado artist Stephen Quiller finishes presenting exercises, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques during a workshop, students often comment that no other instructor has covered that vital information with such depth and clarity. Even experienced
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  • After Colorado artist Stephen Quiller finishes presenting exercises, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques during a workshop, students often comment that no other instructor has covered that vital information with such depth and clarity. Even experienced
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  • In the July/August 2007 issue of American Artist, we discussed how Massachusetts oil painter Nancy Colella maintains a sense of spontaneity in her landscape paintings. Here, we present more of her landscapes as well as her still-life paintings. Chat about
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  • We present an online exclusive gallery of Ann Sanders' pastel landscapes to supplement the print feature in the April 2007 issue of American Artist . Cherry Creek 2006, pastel, 8 x10. Collection Cody Hartley. Donner Creek 2 2005, pastel, 10 x 8. All
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  • Forbes and American Artis t again invited a group of artists to spend a week together interpreting a vast Colorado ranch in their choice of medium, subject, and style. by M. Stephen Doherty View of Cat Mountain by Ephraim Rubenstein, 2006, oil, 9 x 17½
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  • Layering and underpainting are two of California artist Shawn Gould’s secrets to getting the most out of acrylic. by Linda S. Price Wooded Path 2005, acrylic, 12 x 16. All artwork this article collection the artist unless otherwise indicated. In
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  • 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
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  • Our critic discusses the importance of shadows and foregrounds when considering a painting’s composition. by John Budicin Sunset Edith The artist needs to consider how the shadows are placed in this painting. The interior shadows seem a bit dark
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  • In the winter 2006 issue of Workshop magazine, we offered an inside look into Montana painter Ned Mueller's plein air workshops. Here, we showcase his figurative and landscape paintings as well as a few drawings. Norwegian Summer 2006, oil, 11 x 14
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  • Pastel artist Diana De Santis has devised an approach that allows her to focus on subjects rather than materials and techniques. by Lynne Moss Perricelli Diana De Santis believes in keeping things simple. Rather than pursuing complicated methods of working
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  • Oil painter Josh Elliott strives to paint tones and designs, not just picturesque scenes. by Bob Bahr Evening Shadows, Swan Valley 2006, oil, 12 x 16. All artwork this article private collection unless otherwise indicated. Josh Elliott is 33 years old
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  • In the fall 2006 issue of Workshop magazine, Timothy R. Thies taught students how to capture the temperatures of light and shadow in their landscape paintings. Here, we offer an excerpt from the article regarding color charts. by Edith Zimmerman A few
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  • In the November 2006 issue of American Artist , we explored how Texas artist Chris McHenry balanced constrasting values, color temperatures, and edges to establish depth, atmosphere, focus, and emotion in his oil landscapes. We present an excerpt from
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  • This exhibition of large-scale landscape paintings by Paul Caranicas will be on display at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, in New York City, through October 28. Paul Caranicas: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Through October 28 Bernarducci Meisel Gallery
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  • In the November 2006 issue of American Artist , we showcased James Gurney's impressive landscape paintings. We present an excerpt from the article that discusses the books that have influenced Gurney as an artist. by John A. Parks In developing his
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  • Lee Boynton, a master of Impressionistic watercolor painting, explains how to learn more about color and value by simplifying your subject and painting it repeatedly under different light conditions. by Linda Gottlieb and M. Stephen Doherty Cozy Harbor
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  • This New York state plein air artist creates impressive landscape paintings informed by his work as an illustrator and inspired by the work of the Hudson River School. by John A. Parks Creek Above Kaaterskill Falls 2004, oil, 20 x 16. All artwork this
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  • In the October 2006 issue of American Artist, Joseph Gyurcsak explained how he paints interior light. In contrast, we present 12 more images, mostly of landscapes, in this online exclusive gallery. Rachel's Room Oil on canvas, 11 x 14. The Dining
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