Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting sceneries but too confused as how to start?
It’s not that too complicated!
Watch below to see how I do mine:
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
The way I paint is usually by keeping in mind the following key points:
- Paint from lightest to darkest washes/colors.
- Paint from background to foreground.
You should not be afraid to switch from one kind of brush to another. For big washes, use a wide brush or a hake. A mop will also do. For fine details size 2 or smaller works best for me. Try to experiment and find out which brushes suit your style the most.
SIZE, TIME, AND DIFFICULTY
The size of your paper and amount of time you are willing to invest in painting a scene should determine the level of difficulty of your painting. Logically, don’t try to paint a 2 by 3 foot painting under 10 minutes unless you are already skilled at doing a very loose style at painting! But don’t let this hold you back from trying to make big paintings, it is a good exercise to use large-scale papers as there is more room for details and bigger strokes are always fun and therapeutic. However, if you are nitty-gritty, you might find yourself intimidated by the scale or spending hours trying to make it perfect. You can opt to paint on smaller papers, A4 size is great for starters as it’s not too small nor too big. I find that postcard size or A5 is handy especially for portability if you want to do travel painting.
PAINTING FROM LIFE V.S. PAINTING PHOTOS
Painting from life is the best opportunity to train your eye but not all have the time to sit down and paint. Cameras on the other hand only have so much megapixels to capture life while our eyes have N times more to see every bit or detail and shifts in colors! Thus, seeing something in person is much better, however there are complications: ever-changing lighting, time-constraint, and/or shyness to paint in public.
So if you cannot do so/ would rather paint in your studio/home, you may take a photograph with a reliable camera or phone or just sketch with a scene with tonal values/color notation as a study of a scene. From there, determine what you want to paint or omit in your work once you are at home!
Hope the info here is helpful and that you get an idea of how to start your own landscape painting journey!