How to Paint Distance with Landscapes

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #AcrylicSometimes getting the correct proportions in your paintings can be tricky, particularly when it comes to painting objects in the foreground and background. This how to from artist Terry Harrison shows you how it’s done using acrylic paints to paint a pretty woodland scene.

Imagery and text courtesy of Painting Acrylic Landscapes the Easy Way by Terry Harrison published by Search Press

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes

1. Draw the scene, then use the golden leaf brush to paint the sky with cobalt blue and white, making it stronger at the top. Add a touch of raw sienna to the mix and paint the distant field.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

2. Add burnt sienna at the bottom of the field for warmth, then add pale olive green and paint the misty area coming forwards. Allow to dry.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

3. Use a paper mask and the stippler px brush to stipple the distant row of trees with cobalt blue, white and raw sienna.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

4. Add more raw sienna to warm the mix and hold the  paper mask at an angle to stipple another hedgerow. Continue changing the angle of the paper mask and adding stronger hedgerows coming forwards.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

5. Use the fan stippler to paint a bank of trees on the right with raw sienna, cobalt blue and white. Paint darker foliage with burnt umber, cobalt blue and white, making it darkest at the base.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

6. Paint the trunks and fine branches with the half-rigger and the same dark mix.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

7. Stipple undergrowth further forwards with the stippler px and burnt umber and ultramarine. Use the golden leaf with a dark mix of burnt umber and ultramarine to stipple the
foreground and flick up grasses.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

8. While this is wet, stipple on a mix of white and raw sienna to create a central light area like a path leading the eye into the composition.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

9. Make a dark mix of burnt umber and Hooker’s green and stipple on the ivy covering the trunks. Allow to dry.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

10. Paint the trunks and branches with the large detail brush and burnt umber with a little Hooker’s green. The lower branch should overlap the distant trees.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

11. Mix a blue-grey from ultramarine, burnt umber and white and use the golden leaf brush to suggest winter leaves.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

12. Use the half-rigger to paint fine branches and twigs with the same mix.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

The finished scene.

How to Paint Distance with Landscapes #Art #Acrylic

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