Bold Techniques for Acrylic Landscapes
Learn techniques for painting mountains and other landscapes in vibrant acrylics with lifetime access to video lessons from award-winning artist Robert Carsten. Start by expanding your knowledge of color theory and creating a value scale to help guide you as you paint. Next, get tips for selecting a composition with a dynamic center of interest, creating a value study and blocking in shapes. Make the move to canvas as you create a line drawing with accurate proportions and angles, before blocking in the right values using your scale. With your large value shapes complete, you'll discover how to refine details and color temperature. Add the final touches to your landscape with impasto textures for trees, transparent effects for water and a luminous look for your clouds. Plus, Robert will teach you new, advanced techniques for using color theory to control the mood of your painting.
Robert Carsten studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Academia di Belle Arti in Italy and the Art Students League of New York. During his forty years as an artist, Carsten's award-winning work has been shown in many museums including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Bennington Museum, the Mattatuck Museum, the D'Amore Museum and the National Arts Club. His work has also been featured in publications such as The Artist's Magazine, American Art Review and Pastel Journal.
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Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet artist Robert Carsten and broaden your understanding of color theory with a discussion of hue, temperature, value and saturation. You'll learn how to mix warm and cool versions of each color, create a value scale to guide you in your painting and discover two ways to desaturate colors.
Use reference photos as your guide to creating a strong composition, and thumbnail sketches to determine the best size and orientation for your painting. Learn how your choices influence how the viewer's eye moves through your piece. Finish this lesson by creating a value study that will prepare you for blocking in your painting.
Get to work on your canvas by first learning to recreate accurate proportions and angles in your line drawing. Next, wash in your first layer of paint. Along the way, you'll find out how to use your value scale to ensure you've accurately blocked in the right values throughout your composition.
Robert shows how to add details and refine your color without destroying your large value shapes. You'll learn to mix and strategically apply warm and cool colors throughout your painting to create a sense of depth. Pick up tips for using the angle of your brushstrokes to gently guide the viewer through your composition, such as a mountainscape.
Add the finishing details to your mountain landscape. Start by using an opaque, thickened layer of paint to add texture to your foreground and trees. Then, use a glazing medium to create a transparent effect on the lake and mountains. Finally, combine both opaque and transparent layers in your clouds for a luminous finish.
Wrap up by learning some advanced techniques for developing bold colors in your paintings. Robert walks you through examples of applying his 3-2-1 color theory and shows how toned grounds can affect the final look. Finally, learn how changes to your underpainting can warm up or cool down your finished piece.