|'A Place in the Sun' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It was another one of those 'AHA' moments. I love when that happens. When all of the sudden someone says something about painting and it clicks. Sometimes it is cumulative. You read about a painting concept and hear instructors talk about it and when it finally clicks....all of the stuff you stored away begins to make perfect sense.
It happened like that for me with the idea of creating depth in a landscape painting. I understood the principles of Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective. I could recite the list of things that happen as we view things through the layers of atmosphere. But I didn't really put it to work in my paintings as well as I could have.
|Before refining the distant trees|
|closeup of the distant tree line|
TIP: To Create the Illusion of Depth in a Landscape Painting we sometimes need to Exaggerate the effects of aerial perspective
To quickly review aerial perspective... the appearance of things change as they recede into space due to the influence of the atmosphere .....colors get lighter and cooler and less intense, detail is lost, edges become softer. The more stuff ...moisture, pollution...in the atmosphere, the more pronounced the changes.
- Sometimes these changes are obvious sometimes not. Many times our reference photos do not capture these changes. A point and shoot camera especially tends to capture crisp detail from front to back. The camera or print often doesn't capture the subtleties of the color and value shifts.
- We then need to exaggerate these effects so that our paintings have a sense of space and depth.
It is important to understand the tools we have to create depth but even more important is to understand that sometimes we need to exaggerate for a better painting!