Will explains how to simplify and separate tonal values into areas of light and shadow, how to use warm and cool colors effectively, and how to mix a naturalistic green palette — a major color stumbling block in landscape painting. A vibrant spring green, for example, can be easy to mix, but hard to balance. The same is true for warm autumnal colors and the vivid blues of summer skies. Will shows how to build these palettes and use gestural impressionistic brushstrokes to paint different landscape scenes. By introducing washes and glazes, he demonstrates how to simulate the atmospheric light of each season. So break out your brushes and paints. Start watching to learn how to mix color for the landscape and approach painting the seasons with confidence.
- Setting up supports and grounds
- Choosing brushes, paints, and additional materials
- Mixing harmonious color palettes
- Creating a winter palette with neutrals
- Blending colors of atmospheric light
- Painting smoky edges and dark areas of a landscape
- Mixing and balancing green
- Underpainting a spring landscape
- Creating autumnal golden light
- Extending color palettes
- Adding watery washes and glazes
- Creating a vibrant summer palette
- Simplifying shapes in a landscape painting
Skill Level Beginner
- Hi, I'm Will Kemp, and welcome to the Foundations of Painting: Creating Palettes for the Landscape. I want to show you techniques for quickly capturing the mood and the color palettes of the landscape throughout the four seasons. Once you've discovered the importance of tone and understand the language of color, you'll be able to approach a vibrant summer scene or a muted winter snow scene with real confidence.
Seeing how the atmospheric light of the season effects the tonal values present in all landscapes will give you a range to work within which will then influence your color choices. Once you understand the properties of individual pigments it will give you a really informed choice for the right paints to choose for each for each particular season. From the power of a two color limited palette, perfect for painting winter, to how to mix and balance naturalistic greens, which can be a real major color stumbling block for beginners in landscape painting.
We'll then move on to extending our palette to create warm colors of the autumn that really glow through optical mixes and glazes. And then build our palette even further by introducing more vibrant greens and intense pigments to achieve saturated turquoise blues of summer. By the end of this course, you'd have learned simple brush techniques for capturing a mood, learnt how to assess the different lighting conditions of each season, and how to best match the brush that you're using to the subject that you're trying to capture.
So why don't you join me on this color mixing course to discover how to capture the changing colors of the seasons and how to master mixing naturalistic acrylic landscape paintings.