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Hi Michelle, I’ve just has a look at the canvas you are using on your website and that looks fine, and the block in also looks fine. You might just need to add a bit more water to increase the fluidity. Often my first block in of the colour doesn’t completely cover the coloured ground (as in you can still see the coloured ground through the layer of paint). It just acts as a guide so I can then do another coat of thicker paint when I’m feeling more confidence of having the correct colour mixed. A classic beginner mistake is simply not using enough paint. You can feel that you are going to ‘waste paint’ so subconsciously used less paint than is needed. I was teaching a palette knife painting class this morning, painting only with palette knifes, and my students had some fab results. It forced them out of their comfort zones and gave them the confidence to experiment with thicker paint. So maybe try not only mixing the paint with the palette knife but applying it with the knife to the canvas. This doesn’t have to be over the entire painting, but just as a method to loosed you up and get a feel for acrylics. Let me know how you get on, Will Reply
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How To Paint Landscapes

This is happening because there is no Paint Layer data on the Landscape when you first start to paint. To fix this issue, you need to continue to paint over the Landscape generating the Paint Layer data as you go along. If you would like to fill in the entire Landscape, first select a large brush size, like 8192.0, pick a layer that you want to use as a base and paint over the entire Landscape once. This will create Paint Layer data and allow you to continue to paint without anything turning black.
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How To Paint Landscapes

You’ve been painting landscapes using oil colors for a while now, maybe even years. However, you’re frustrated over turning your landscapes into a muddy mess. Relieve your frustration and learn how to paint a landscape in oils by following these easy steps.
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How To Paint Landscapes

Search Add New Question How do I paint mist? wikiHow Contributor Use white paint in an area where you would like the appearance of mist. Use a blending or fluffy brush to ease that into the landscape. Paint trees or other shapes with white paint added on top. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 2 Is it necessary to paint a layer of white gesso onto pre-primed canvas before starting to paint, in order to make the canvas as smooth as possible? wikiHow Contributor It depends. If the canvas is pre-primed, there is no requirement to add another layer of gesso. However, it’s okay to do so if you wish to have a surface with less ‘tooth.’ The more ‘tooth’ there is, the rougher the surface of the canvas, so you might want to add one or more coats of gesso to smooth out its surface. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 2 Can ordinary oil be used? wikiHow Contributor Not if it is motor oil or something similar. Stick to what the experts recommend. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0
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How To Paint Landscapes

Hi Will, Thank you so much, I am afraid of “wasting” paint and I know I have to get over that. I painted again today and used more paint and it felt better on the canvas. I need some work on the color mixing and blending, it takes me too long to mix the paint that my canvas dries. I did pick up some Golden paints in a few colors and I love them. I definitely like working with fewer colors for now and will try the painting again. Do you have any advice for blending paint on canvas? I should probably mix all my colors first so they are ready when the canvas is still wet. I will also try the painting with the palette knife, to get me over the paint wasting.
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How To Paint Landscapes

Hi Will, Thank you so much, I am afraid of “wasting” paint and I know I have to get over that. I painted again today and used more paint and it felt better on the canvas. I need some work on the color mixing and blending, it takes me too long to mix the paint that my canvas dries. I did pick up some Golden paints in a few colors and I love them. I definitely like working with fewer colors for now and will try the painting again. Do you have any advice for blending paint on canvas? I should probably mix all my colors first so they are ready when the canvas is still wet. I will also try the painting with the palette knife, to get me over the paint wasting. Thank you again for all your help, I truly appreciate it. Michelle Reply
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How To Paint Landscapes

Pastoral, lush, dry, jagged, flat, or rolling, the landscape is nothing if not diverse. It calls to artists all over the world to photograph, study, and paint it. Follow in the footsteps of historic and countless artists before you by learning how to paint the landscape. But where do you start? Once you have chosen your preferred medium, all you need next is a scene, and a little guidance. Landscape Painting for Beginners (a free download) will help you take the first steps to learning how to paint the landscape. Start with Elizabeth Tolley’s expert advice on composition and design for landscape painting, including creating a focal point and center of interest, and understanding shapes. Then learn how to paint trees with Claudia Nice’s clear step-by-step demonstration on painting a shade tree in watercolor. Next you’ll learn 10 techniques for painting trees with Cathy Johnson. Last but not least, get inspiration on how to paint cityscapes with John Salminen. To receive your free download, join our mailing list and never miss news, tips, promotions or discounts. *
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How To Paint Landscapes

Learn How to Paint Trees Perfectly Every Time Claudia Nice breaks down the process of painting a pastoral scene in watercolor in this four-step demonstration on how to paint a shade tree, excerpted from her timeless book Draw and Paint Trees in Watercolor, Pen and Ink. “Mature shade trees have lofty, spreading branches and heavy foliage that casts rich, dark shadows,” Nice says. “When the summer sun climbs high overhead and the air shimmers with heat, both man and beast seek the coolness found beneath the boughs of the shade tree. In this pasture landscape, it’s a flock of sheep that have found comfort beneath a grand old tree.” “Nearly every landscape contains at least some trees—even the desert has Joshua trees. And there are almost as many ways to paint trees as there are artists to paint them.” This comes from Cathy Johnson’s Watercolor Magic (April 2007, now Watercolor Artist) article on painting trees. Learn 10 techniques with this handy page that you can print and use as a reference.
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Hi Will! I am trying this right now and am a bit frustrated, not sure what I am doing wrong. I mixed the colors (I am using some student quality paint, I have Winsor and Newton Titanium White) but when I apply them they do not flow well at all on my canvas. I prepped my canvas but as I paint the paint is very thin and does not fill in the canvas nicely. I run out of color very quickly as well. Not sure if it is the canvas, the paint, me or ??? Thank you! Michelle Reply
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Hi Will! I am trying this right now and am a bit frustrated, not sure what I am doing wrong. I mixed the colors (I am using some student quality paint, I have Winsor and Newton Titanium White) but when I apply them they do not flow well at all on my canvas. I prepped my canvas but as I paint the paint is very thin and does not fill in the canvas nicely. I run out of color very quickly as well. Not sure if it is the canvas, the paint, me or ??? Thank you! Michelle
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Every Painting I Do Teaches Me LotsIn my life I have painted many landscapes, several from photo reference, but as often as I can I go out and paint en plein air (on location). Every painting I make teaches me something, and in this article I share some of the most useful tips I have learned – usually the hard way, making mistakes and ruining some paintings – about landscape paintings.
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In my life I have painted many landscapes, several from photo reference, but as often as I can I go out and paint en plein air (on location). Every painting I make teaches me something, and in this article I share some of the most useful tips I have learned – usually the hard way, making mistakes and ruining some paintings – about landscape paintings.
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Great hub, Robie! I think all of your advice is spot on for landscape painters. One word of warning though about moving objects within the landscape. Make sure the lighting on the objects stays consistent. For example, a tree in one place will cast a shadow in a certain direction. Make certain that if you move that tree, the shadow remains consistent with the other shadows portrayed in the painting, and not necessarily the same direction it was in its original position.I don’t usually paint landscapes, but I have a great appreciation of them when they are done well. The examples you provide in this article are beautiful. Thanks so much for this well-written and informative article!

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