Landscape painting rule of thirds

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Introduction to landscape painting, composition, and atmospheric perspective. For educational purposes only.

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Landscape painting rule of thirds

  1. 1. Landscape Painting Looking at nature
  2. 2. Landers Peak, BierstadtGreat example of Atmospheric Perspective.. Hudson River School
  3. 3. Atmospheric Perspective Objects farther away appear more bluish Objects farther away are less detailed Objects farther away have less contrast Objects farther away have softer edges
  4. 4. Watercolor painting “The Rapids” by Winslow Homer (American painter)
  5. 5. Wanderer Above a Sea of FogFrederick ChurchRomantic painter, 19th centuryNote atmospheric perspectiveWhere is the horizon located?Note portrait format instead oftraditional “landscape”Can you see how the sky and faraway mountains relate?
  6. 6. Rule of Thirds (Da Vinci’s GoldenMean) Note that horizon is usually located about 1/3 up or down the canvas Focal point of picture often located at intersection of roughly 1/3 up, 1/3 across Da Vinci discovered this to be a visually pleasing composition Composition: how picture is laid out
  7. 7. Grand Canal, William Turner …. Note different types of perspective used!
  8. 8. Bridge, Alfred Sisley Example of Impressionism (19th century) Impressionists painted quickly, outdoors to capture a fleeting moment in time Used dabs of color rather than smooth blendingNote rule of thirds… where is focal point?
  9. 9. Westminster Abbey in Fog, Claude Monet Example of Impressionism (19th century) Monet was one of the key Impressionist painters in Paris Painted the same scene at different times of dayNote rule of thirds… do you see how Monet changed the treatment of edges?
  10. 10. Wheatstacks, Claude Monet
  11. 11. Wheatstacks in Summer, Claude Monet
  12. 12. Mount Saint-VictoirePaul Cezanne Cezanne was a post- Impressionist Painted somewhat geometrically Simplified shapes and exaggerated colors
  13. 13. Crows in Wheat Field Vincent Van GoghVanGogh- Post Impressionist. Used thick impasto paint, visible brush strokes,lines to add movement and emotion.

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