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Distance in landscape painting

This Thursday we're going to explore the mechanisms around giving the illusion of looking into the distance, which isn't always easy when our brain is often only interested in identifying objects!

Separation of foreground, middle ground and background it something we have come across already and is related to simplifying silhouettes and separating values. This example by John Sell Cotman demonstrates this idea perfectly.

If you look at this Bonnard landscape now try to identify the mechanisms that make the hill at the back look further than the trees at the front. Also, what else can you say about the view and atmosphere? (although it may not have been painted in situ or even be a real place).

I'll supply our resource images this week but keep observing the landscape around you so that you will be ready to bring in more interesting images of your own.

I've revisited the settings for the blog and now hopefully you will all be able to post your paintings, resource images etc. If you go right down to the bottom of the page you should see a comment box that will also allow you to upload images. Go on, you can do it!

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Morganne Bendle
Morganne Bendle
23 May 2023

24 May 2023
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That's a great idea Morganne. It's great for getting your eye in to make interesting compositions. I should really do the same. Love those monochrome sketches.

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