5 Landscape painting tips for beginners

Landscape painting can be complex or simple depending on the technique and how you want it to appear. Landscaping has been around for quiet some time but not many artists can actually capture the essence of all art pieces. 

Here are beginner rules that will help you get better at landscape painting 

Reduce the clutter on your canvas

As an artist, it is easy to get caught up in the detail of the landscape, especially towards the end of your painting process. In most cases, chances are you are going to ruin the painting. It is better and more effective to emphasize some bits of the painting and leave the other parts to the imagination of the art lover.

The best technique if by emphasizing the focal points. You can do this by; using brighter colors on your focal points and using saturated colors around that area. Other techniques involve using more delicate brushwork at the focal point as compared to the rest of the painting and creating a sharp contrast in colors throughout the whole painting. 

When you place your focus on a certain area on the painting it gathers together in a beautiful harmony. It basically does this by dewing attention away from the shadows on the foreground and placing emphasis on the high key background of your painting.

Ad texture and crisp edges to your painting using the pallet knife

Palette knives are a fine addition to your painting tools. While many artists use them for color mixing alone, you can use the knife to complete your landscape image. You can do a complete painting with a pallet knife depending on the theme you are going for. With pallets knifes, you can easily add crisp edges to the painting.

Create a subtle variation of colors

Two problems many beginners face when it comes to landscape painting are; not creating enough variations between the colors or using too many dark or light colors on the same landscape painting.

In reality, landscape paintings are not done with complex color compositions. You need simple harmony of green, blue and earthy colors. Creating a subtle variation of this colors will ensure the painting does not end up looking too monotonous.

You need to create colors with varying temperatures, tones and values to break up large plain colors on the painting. Don’t try and add variance just for the sake.

Color temperature should be relative

The color temperature is basically its warmth or coolness on a scale. Examples of warm colors like orange, reds and yellow while cool colors include blue and green. But you should not think of color temperatures as block or absolute shades. This is because you can mix both warm and cool temperatures to make the color cooler or warmer.

Final word

Landscaping is easy, its all just a mic of colors, shapes and lines. This goes for almost any type of paintings. When painting your own landscape image, picture the shapes, lines and colors rather than the elements in the scene.