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Acrylic Landscape Painting Techniques: Lessons For An Absolute Beginner

Acrylic Landscape Painting Techniques: Lessons For An Absolute Beginner

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A step-by-step approach to acrylic painting

In this series, I will post a weekly video on my YouTube channel that you can follow at home. It's free to subscribe to the channel so you can stay up to date with the painting's progress.

You can "right click" the image below and "Save image as", so you can use it as a guide.

Materials you will need:

10 x 10 inch pre-primed canvas. -I am using a deep edge canvas from Winsor & Newton
Isabey Isacryl acrylic brush size 6 - filbert
Isabey Memory Brush Size 10, Round, Available from Jackson Art

Titanium White artist quality. - Invest in this white even if you use student quality paint for the rest of the colors.
Ultramarine blue
Cadmium Yellow Light
Permanent Alizarin Crimson - Winsor & Newton Artist Acrylic
3B pencil
Kitchen paper
A jar of jam for cleaning brush.
Small or bucket for thinning paint
The old masters had it easy
Painting was seen as a trade, you had an apprenticeship or you were trained in an Atelier workshop.

The choice of colors was limited, the bright and vivid colors found in acrylics today were simply not available, and the choice of pigments was an integral part of the painting process.

Not only aesthetically but as a sign of power.

Often times, the bluer the paint, the richer the patron. Ultramarine blue pigment used to be more expensive than gold. It was mined from lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone, which was used as a raw ingredient until colourist Jean-Baptiste Guimet created a synthetic alternative to lapis lazuli in France in 1828.

That is why it is often referred to now as French overseas.

Too much choice
These days, choosing paints to start with can be a tough decision.

There are literally thousands of different color options. Paint manufacturers have a need to constantly produce a new variety or shade of pigment.

To tell you that this is the "magic bullet", the wonderful color that will solve all your painting problems.

It will not.

However, when we combine the principles of classical painting with the new modern materials of acrylic paint to create a painting method that is simple for the beginner to create pleasing results and broad enough for more experienced artists to continue their study.

3 easy steps to get started:

Step 1. Apply a colored base.

This will help give it a unified shade to work on and give a nice sheen of color for this particular paint. See: How to apply an ocher yellow background.

Step 2. Draw the image.

Using a 3B pencil, draw the image to work from. Don't worry if it's not completely accurate, it's just a guide to get you started.

Step 3. Set the lights lightest and darkest.

Using Burnt Umber and Titanium White sets the darkest area of ​​the image. You can squint at the image to help distinguish each area instead of obsessing over details.

How to take this painting from the photograph to do it yourself at home. On the website, I have a list of all the colors you need, the brushes I use, but this video is just how to get started, getting your drawing laid out so you can create a lovely landscape like this to have on your wall at home.

Step 1
So the first step to get started with this landscape painting is to lock the canvas, put a colored background on it so that you can work your paintings on top. I've already done it here and you can watch a how-to video on my video of how to apply a colored base for acrylic paint.

Step 2
Ok, the second step is to draw the basic shapes that we have here. We are right after the line drawing. I'm using a 3B pencil here that can be easily erased, it doesn't smudge too much but it's dark enough to leave a mark.

See how it leaves a mark on the canvas quite easily without feeling like you have to really press down and dent the canvas.

So a quick tip to make sure you get a good horizontal line is to use a piece of paper and align this edge with the edge of your canvas so that it really looks like a square. So, line that up.

Step 3
The third step is to evaluate the tones in the image to see where to start and where the lightest and darkest areas are.

So the first thing to do is squint at this image.

Are they squinted?

Close them in half so everything is a little blurry.

What you will find that it does is it makes the darkness look darker, the lights look lighter and all of these, what are called mid tones, disappear a bit and what really comes in is the basic structure of the image and that. is what interests us.

So for this, the darkest area is this area here on earth, so that's what I'm going to paint to start with the burnt shadow. All the information about the brushes I use and how to choose an acrylic paint brush is in my other video or a list of other materials is on my website.

So if you notice that when I'm painting I'm resting on the canvas, which helps you leverage and support so that you can, with the finer lines, erm, it's much easier to get a straighter line than if you're hovering over your hand in the air trying to balance it.

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So once I have it I'll switch to this brush to lock in that area.

The paint I have here because acrylics dry so fast, you have to make sure you remove it, otherwise it will solidify on your brush and you won't be able to use it.

So I'll dip it in some water and then, you know, rub it on the kitchen paper.

You run a lot of kitchen paper with acrylic, and then you squeeze it at the end and see how if I put it there, nothing comes out. You know it's completely clear, that's just plain water.

It is always better to have more water and change it regularly than to use the same pot, it will get dirty and then what will happen that all that dirt in your water pot will get into your colors when you mix and you will not get a good clean color.

Even though we use brown, it is worth keeping it clean, it is a good professional work habit.

Okay, now with the hazelnut brush. Okay, simple as that. I often paint around the edge of my paintings, so I will paint around here.

You will notice that I haven't been too harsh, you can still see some of this underground shining and that's really nice and I've left little bits where I haven't been completely solid because I want a bit of texture. , a little movement in this area.

So that's all I do for this particular painting with the burnt shadow. Now I'll put some of the highest reflections in the brightest area, which will be when we look at the image. It's going to be this area here where the sun is shining.

For this, I am only going to use titanium white.

So now with the titanium white I'm only going to block in the brightest areas.

You see how I keep it pretty loose and pretty watery. You will notice that if you are not using an artist quality titanium white, it will not be as thick as this one, it will be much more translucent. You may have to wear a couple of layers.

When starting out with acrylics, I always recommend buying the best quality paints you can afford.

If you can't afford to go artist quality for everything, definitely try investing in an artist quality white because it will have a lot more opacity than you can, see how it covered the color underneath very easily, this will be really beneficial in your future paintings.

There is a little lightness down here, but not as strong as the others, so I will dilute it with a little water and rub it in with my finger.

So now we have the highlights and shadows, now we can go back to the colors we were mixing earlier to start blocking in some of the color areas.

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