Atmospheric perspective study

Imagined landscape study of planes and atmospheric perspective

I made up this simple landscape composition as a way to experiment with the principles of atmospheric perspective. Rather than be concerned with using a reference photo or scene from life, I wanted a simple setup to focus on getting using the prismatic palette to create depth and form in a landscape.

I was really trying to reduce the chroma of my colors but they’re still very intense! It was also harder than I would have guessed to paint from my imagination. But I think the overall effect is close to what I wanted to achieve.

This exercise helped me see the importance of establishing the lightest area and darkest area. I started by blocking in the shadow sides of the trees, but when it came time to put in the mountains and treeline in the background, they were darker than the two little trees in the distance. Adjusting the values helped a little bit.