The art of painting is quite a challenging art to master. Apart from artistic skills, you also need to allot ample time for consistent practice. If you want to begin the art of creating landscape masterpieces, here are some tips to get you started.
The first thing that can help you in creating your first landscape painting is to simplify the clutter caused by too much detail in your painting. Thus, it is best to just emphasize certain focal points and leave the rest of the artwork to the imagination of the audience. The focal points of your artwork can be highlighted by using a more delicate stroke than the rest of the painting or using brighter colors. Conversely, you can also use lighter colors or sharp contrast in color combinations.
Choose the best plein air easel
A plein air or an outdoor easel will definitely aid you in capturing a perfect outdoor view to be used as a subject for your painting. However, it can be overwhelming to choose the best plein air easel for you. A poor quality easel can easily derail your creative efforts. However, the perfect easel for one artist may not be appropriate for another who is painting under a different environmental condition. Thus, it is best to consider certain factors such as the weight of the entire setup, its quality, as well as the cost.
Use a palette knife
Aside from mixing your colors, a palette knife is your best tool to create texture and add crisp edges. While it can be used alone to complete an entire painting, it is still best used with other paint brushes of varying widths and sizes. A palette knife is great for adding broken texture to rocks or creating bold clouds in the sky. Alternatively, it can also be used to highlight your sunrise or sunset or break a monotonous seascape.
Start with dark colors
Beginners usually find it easier to play with a darker palette of colors first before slowly adding in lighter hues for emphasis. It is a best practice to complete the highlights towards the end of the painting, especially for oil and acrylic. On the contrary, for water color-based paintings, it is best to start with the focal point and highlights of the painting. Also think of the color temperature of your painting as relative, especially when you are mixing warm and cool colors to create the emphasis on your focal points.
Making everything perfect for your landscape painting will just wear you out. Thereby, learn to embrace the tiny imperfections in your masterpiece. Go easy on yourself because you really need not be a hundred percent accurate on your values, colors, and scenes. After all, nature also has its imperfections.
The art of painting beautiful landscape masterpieces is a skill not many can master. Aside from the skill and determination to be good at it, you also need to have the heart of an artist because this will translate into your paintings. Nevertheless, the tips above will definitely aid you in beginning to do landscape paintings.