Landscape painting – quick study

I’m taking a Landscape Painting class online this semester as my thesis directed study. I haven’t really painted in oil for years  now and this is my first time painting landscapes. It’s actually kind of fun! Most of our assignments are 11×14 quick studies and we are painting directly from photographs in the first few weeks and then I’m supposed to get one of those backpacking easels and paint on location. I surprised myself over the weekend at how patient I was with painting, I used to get frustrated when I was younger with color mixing. But after a semester of color theory, I was cured of my color mixing anxieties! Painting is unbelievably satisfying, I’m hoping with practice in the next couple of weeks, I can kick ass with landscape painting. Haha, we’ll see!

A fairly inexpensive table easel I got at Utrecht over the weekend. Perfect to set up on top of your desk or drawing table. I had a really simple set up, uncomplicated and I had to go back to the art store three times this week because I had forgotten some gesso and a few brushes.  The critique I got this week from my instructor was that I should have done a few thumbnails for composition before I started blocking in paint because the foreground is nearly the same size as the sky, that’s a big no no. A composition working well would be one with varied shapes  and having a focal point to create a center of interest.

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