If you are a budding artist and enjoy landscape painting then we have put together a list of tips to help you along and improve your skill. Some artists are natural and born to paint, but for others the pastime can be challenging, well don’t give up it is only through practice that you will get better, and these tips will definitely help your cause.
Don’t Paint Everything You See
Many artists feel that they have to put every single detail in the landscape that they can see. This is a common mistake, your portrayal of the vista is just that, a representation of what is there. It is not supposed to be a photograph with every last detail in. Use the landscape as a sort of reference to provide you with the general ideas and to let your imagination complete the picture.
Use Your Imagination
Sometimes when you look at a landscape it does not quite sit right in your mind, perhaps all the large elements are on one side of the view and it looks a little unbalanced if you were to paint it that way. That is where your imagination comes into play, do not be afraid to move things around in your painting if you feel it gives a better finished painting. Obviously, you cannot do this to a famous scene, but otherwise it is perfectly acceptable.
Pay More Attention to the Foreground
Don’t attempt to paint the whole landscape you see in the same detail. It is far better for the composition of the painting that you focus the detail on the foreground, after all this is where the most important details are. The contrast between the details concentrates the viewers gaze to the important detail at the front and the painting will be far better balanced.
Mix Your Greens
Many landscape artists struggle with the color green, this is because in nature there are so many different shades of green it is almost impossible to buy the exact one you need. That is why you have to get proficient in mixing greens to get the match that you require.
When mixing green you must understand that at one end of the spectrum there is blue and at the other there is yellow. Somewhere in the middle is the green that you want. This is purely a learning curve and every green you mix will be slightly different than the green before.
Many artists like to go on location for their inspiration, and often this is as part of a holiday. Don’t waste the opportunity and paint a landscape only once, you never know you may never go back to that location ever again. Take the full benefit of the location and paint a series of paintings, perhaps at different times of the day or from different perspectives. If you have not got the time to paint the landscapes in full then draw sketches and photographs which will assist you to recall the landscape when you get home.