For this exercise choose a hard landscape such as rock formations , urban landscape or a soft landscape with soft edges such as trees. Describe the view from a window or doorway and think about the size and format such as portrait or landscape. Look at how things appear to get smaller within a distance. Exploit the contrasts of colours and light on leaves , buildings and street furnature to create mood and atmosphere. If working on a soft landscape: is there any features that will draw the viewer into the picture?, are there strongly contrasted tonal areas or bright colours that make the composition interesting / intriguing ? and if you linked the colours and shapes ,that might help.
- I live in a seaside town and I could have gone to the sea and painted a soft landscape but I’m more interested in the funny little houses that back onto mine and the hills that surround us help to add interest as the houses are like steps upto the sea.
- With painting back gardens I have ended up with a hard and soft landscape but mostly hard.
- I first of all drew the landscape over a couple of days to help with observation and encourage myself to see beyond what I normally see from the stair landing. I have lived here for four years and the view from this window was considered intrusive at first and oppressive as the houses are close to our fence line but over time I find this view intringing and could look for hours as I think Iam waiting for people to appear from the boxes but hardly anyone does.
- I then painted in water colour and found my colour pallet is far to intensive and need to buy some more faded colours for landscape.
- The final drawings were started from the top and worked down wards which is a different process for me. I did this because the trees are in the foreground and I needed to draw them in over the top of the structures behind. This helped when I came to paint the canvass as the first layer of oil was to get the structure of the composition down and then the tonal colours so I left out the trees and shrubs till another couple of days while waiting for the first layer to. Dry.
- The painting at first was painted on an A4 canvas and the colours I used were very woody and I left the white background AS A SIGHT LINE ALONG THE ROOF TOPS.
- I later changed this lack of variation , dominated by Browns and reds and added in blue greys and more white grey. The evening sun was what I was trying to represent but the tonal variations are to stark and the distant buildings are bland, but I like this pink colour as this is an evening colour.
- I think I need to work the leaves on the tree where the sun hits them on one side only and I haven’t yet given that much attention. My tutor said to review the details but also not to over work my paintings, this is much more diffulcult to do in pratice as the fine details are sometimes just the smallest of line or mark is needed and to many gives the affect of An amateur painting.