Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video A compressed tonal range, part of Painting Foundations: Creating Palettes for the Landscape.
When I'm painting landscapes,…I'm essentially looking for ranges of lights and darks.…And these areas, these ranges of tones…can be called tonal masses.…And they're really key, because they'll influence…how I'm going to approach my color mixing…and help to tell the story of that season.…They can be called a tonal map…or a value map or tonal range.…But the main thing to remember throughout the seasons…is how wide or compressed that range is…as it will influence how light or how dark…you can go with your pigments.…
So summer has a wide tonal range.…Winter has a narrow, or a compressed tonal range.…And the easiest way to see this…is by turning your reference image into black and white.…Throughout this course I'll be mixing colors…to not only match the hues of the image…but also paying close attention…to the light and dark range of that season.…So in this example from one of our winter scenes,…you can see how close in value…the sky is to the value of the snow.…
And it can be misleading to our perceptions…because when you think of snow,…
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
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