Breaking up the Landscape

Hi Guys

Happy New Year and welcome back to my Friday students and fellow artists who drop in to see what I ve been up to this week. Mondays painters please enjoy this and I will be covering your lesson in my next blog .

Well this post will aim to cover "Creating a process to start breaking up the landscape and initiate a familiar pattern of approach each time you come to draw and paint". The aim of developing a process for yourself is to provide you with familiar way of working no matter what subject you find yourself drawing or painting. The process I use has been the result of more than 25 years of teaching from many sources, but I feel a special mention should go to artist Mary Gilkersohn for helping me formalise and simplify the way I work and the way I teach so that I feel confident to teach all.

So folks, this week was first week back for students and I was going back to basics and covering a few general guidelines when thinking about working towards painting landscapes. Below is an illustration of the process I use.

I start by spending time looking at my chosen landscape, this is not a waste of time and is really important. Things I may look for to make things easy for myself are

A good sense of light and contrast.

Strong structure lines, that provide a simple pathway back into the horizon.

Plenty of movement and liveliness in the sky.

I also start with removing any intention of making a masterpiece.

This was taken this morning at the top of Harp hill. It certainly has a cool January feel to it and contains all of the above.