Art-Along Tonal Landscape 04/06/2020

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Hello all, here are the details for our online class this Thursday evening, 4th June.
This week we will be exploring tonal values and how they can help with creating depth and perspective in landscape painting.

We will establish a set of 5 tonal values for your painting to begin with, and then you can use these to create a landscape study, where the distance is much lighter than the foreground.
Colours recede towards the distance and this creates a sense of atmospheric perspective in your work.

As usual I have created a simple line drawing for this week, so that we use our watercolour paints to fill in the details.
Or you could paint creatively along with me making up your own landscape image.

This is a tonal exercise, I recommend using a minimal colour palette. I used 2 colours, Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna, to create a grey colour palette.

If you’d like to join in, you can download my original line drawing  image:

Tonal Landscape Line Drawing © Karen Smith, June 2020, you may download this line drawing for personal use only, this image may not be reproduced or copied in any form.

For our session you will need:
  • Your Tonal landscape printout, ordinary copy paper is fine for this exercise. Make the print image fill your A4 portrait sheet of paper, so that you can use large loose brushstrokes.
  • Or you could make up your own picture as we go along, using a piece of watercolour paper.
  • A spare piece of paper to try out your paint mixes on before applying colour to your painting.
  • Watercolour paints: a warm yellow or brown, a cool blue, or a grey
  • A large round brush, size 8-12
  • 2 pots of clean water
  • Rag or kitchen roll (for wiping your brushes on)
Here are some of the watercolour paint name colours you may want to use.

Prussian Blue – (C36 swivel paints)
Paynes Grey – (mix C43 & C37 swivel paints)
Burnt Sienna – (C17 swivel paints)

Here’s some of the colour names you may want to use from the 36 Inktense pencil set:

Deep Indigo
Baked Earth
Charcoal Grey