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Wrap-up of the 9 mini landscape paintings project

My goal with this 9 mini landscape paintings project was to get over feeling rusty with painting and have fun getting back into landscape painting. To do this, I would go through my painting process from start to finish (except for varnishing) 9 times within 3 weeks. The deadline was simply so I didn’t let the project linger without making progress. I’m very happy that I did reach my goal! Doing regular, small work and going through my painting process worksheet several times got me over the fear of starting and helped generate enthusiasm for exploring more ideas. More ideas…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 9

For the final entry in my 9 mini landscapes painting project, I chose a photo from my collection that was not very interesting as a composition. But I liked enough of the elements to do some redesigning in order to turn it into something I liked better. As I studied the reference photo, one of the things that stood out to me was the contrast between the large tree in the foreground that was almost entirely in shadow, and the middle ground trees that were struck by the low evening light. So that’s what I chose as the concept: the…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 8

When I look at the reference photo for this mini landscape painting, I’m reminded of the pleasant summer evening, when there were pretty clouds in the sky and the sun was just starting its descent. It was a very relaxing and peaceful experience to be in a local park that evening, so my concept is based on that idea of winding down from the day of working and just enjoying this beautiful time of day. I had in mind a steelyard type of compositional design stem, but by the time I finished the small tree on the left didn’t really…

9 mini landscape paintings project, number 7

This is a scene I painted before but with a different color palette and higher-intensity colors. My concept for this one is based on the idea of a tranquil country road, and when I took the photo it felt like a secret, stolen moment because of how quiet it was here. The composition I chose is mostly based on the O design stem, with a bit of radiating lines. My color strategy was based on capturing the orangey hues of the setting sun with a limited palette of yellow ochre light, cadmium red light, ivory black, and white (in this…

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9 mini landscape paintings project, number 6

I tried out all kinds of new things with today’s painting for my 9 mini landscape paintings project! A wide format, split complementary palette, a sunset… This one was inspired by an impromptu photo excursion on a recent Sunday evening. I wanted to catch the low light over the lake and made it just in time to snap a few sunset shots. There were a few other people enjoying the peacefulness of this hidden little fishing spot on the lake. I felt like we were all sneaking in the final glimpse of the setting sun and savoring some quiet time…