Ask, Where is the darkest dark in my subject? Next, Where is the lightest light? Then ask something like, How much lighter than the darkest dark is that foliage behind the rock? And, Is the shadow side of the foliage lighter or darker ...
Author: George Allen Durkee
Become a Landscape Painter There's a world of difference between painting what you see and conveying what you feel. Expressive Oil Painting shows you how to create engaging landscapes that capture a sense of light, depth, movement and above all, your own unique impressions of the world around you. Within Expressive Oil Painting, discover: • Fundamental concepts of oil painting—including supplies, work habits, drawing, color and composition—explained in a friendly, straightforward way • A diverse sampling of ideas and approaches for painting landscape elements, capturing mood, painting en plein air, simplifying the complexity of nature and determining reference values • Nine in-depth landscape painting demonstrations illustrating techniques from basic to advanced Whether you're working on location or from reference photos, this book will empower you to pain "light on your feet," improvising according to the needs of each particular subject and the conditions of the moment. With nature as your inspiration and this book as your guide, you'll find your way straight to the heart of landscape painting, bringing greater sensitivity, intuition and authenticity to your work.