Landscape Paintings, Session 1 /Fill Your Life With Creative Arts! Workshops No: 06/06.12.2019

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

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Aims of the session: 

  • Learn how to create a basic composition by using your interpretation and observation skills.

  • Building confidence while composing landscape collages.

  • Exploring colour and colour wheels.

Starting point: Start working of different kinds of trees and their visual qualities as a focus for our landscape collage paintings. These might include shape, colour, tone, space, composition, texture.

Explore, experiment and investigate different kinds of trees in our compositions.

By using our sketchbooks we collect some different shapes of landscape images of trees such as linden, oak, cedar, ash, willow, cherry, birch maple, poplar, pine trees as such.

One of my favorite tree is Baobab tree.

A Warm up Exercise: Use one of the most important principles of art are balance, harmony and unity. By using only different values of blue, compose a nature related landscape image conveying the meaning and emotion of the art piece such as the picture below.

Plan a purposeful arrangement of lines, shapes, values, illumination, texture and colours within the borders of your picture plane.

Before making any progress in this exercise, we should start to think of the placement and framing of the elements within as it is an essential consideration of the composition; consider; placing shapes, space and figure & ground relationship, proportion and focal point.


Composition is all about the balance and dynamics within a picture. It is a vast and fascinating subject.When a planned composition works it captivates the viewers' attention and provides clues to the meaning of their artwork.

If you impulses to inspired by a particular subject, you a story to tell in your artwork. Your story doesn't have to be arranged in details. For instance; the story you would like to tell about a landscape is your dream place has visioned for yourself when you get retired...  You are planning purposeful arrangement of lines, shapes, values, illumination, texture and colours within the borders.

There are four main important elements we should consider; Placing shapes, Space and Figure & Ground, Proportion and Focal Points.

1. Placing Shapes: When we frame a picture or painting it just becomes something more than just a sketch. The edges of the rectangle create a visual tension, which makes the placement of shapes within the rectangle very important.

2. Space: This time we are focusing on space as depth and dimension. Space in a composition can refer to perception or illusion of dimensional space created by perspective or layering.

3. Figure & Ground: One element may simply in front of another (figure and ground relationship) Or, the scale of differences suggests that one of the object is in the foreground and other is further back. For instance; overlapping objects suggest depth when one form overlaps another.

4. Proportion: The amount of space allocated to the various components of a painting. 

5. Emphasis/Focal Point:  A painting becomes much more interesting when it has a focal point; a specific area you want your viewers to focus. For instance; ina landscape painting, it maybe one specific tree or trees.

Some of the best landscapes are those that feature a lonely subject, such as a tree, pier, lighthouse, building. Use them wisely and they'll stand out perfectly in your painting.

Exploring Colour and Colour Wheel

I was here to encourage my participants to experiment without worrying about making the colours too accurate. We may find many accurate colours by accident!

Discovering and experimenting with colours is the key! Use different colour combinations to create amazing scenes such as followings:

Sunset: A mix of vivid yellows and oranges with a dark moderate blue and a strong orange make this an attractive combination for just about any design that to send a message of energy and vitality.

Desaturated violet are combined here with a soft red and a soft orange to create a vibrant and colorful palette that can be used in a variety of designs to communicate energy and warmth.

Blue Mountain Peaks and Clouds: Blues combined with a dark yellow and light grayish pink make this a versatile color scheme perfect for conservative designs.

The combination of mostly dark colors--from a dark grayish cyan and a dark moderate red to a dark orange.

Fiery Red Landscape: This icy mountain surrounded by clouds produces this color scheme, which includes black and a range of reds.

Refreshing and Invigorating: This breathtaking image of a stone arch inspired this cheerful and fun colour scheme.

Serene and Relaxing: This soothing color palette brings to mind a relaxing walk alongside a beach shore. Its range of greens with gray undertones makes this a perfect scheme for a variety of projects.

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