Atmospheric Painting Notes
I do quite a bit of study on atmospheric paintings. I like to play with that aspect of landscape painting. This haze-like atmosphere can be rendered through the use of multiple transparent or translucent glazes which imitate the actual haze found in nature. Just as real atmosphere mutes color and blurs edges, an applied glaze can do the same in a painting.
I have found that the addition of a bit of white in the glaze will imitate the effect of the vapor particles in the air. The the under painting could be a few values darker than the final value desired, but not necessarily. An atmospheric glaze might consist of a bit of white, ultramarine blue, and Paynes gray and a good deal of medium for a cooler effect or add a bit of Naples Yellow for a warmer neutral. This mixture will vary in color selection and transparency according to the effect you want.
Through this type of glazing, the value and color of distant objects can be controlled in very subtle gradations. Opaque color will not have the same sense of depth seen in a glaze. I find that using transparent white or opaque white to be a nice combination with a tint of color added to the mixture. About 4 times as much transparent white as the opaque and just a hint of cad red light, or Naples yellow, or halo blue, or ultramarine blue to warm or cool areas of the sky. You can experiment with this for best results with acrylics or oils.
I use acrylic glazing medium with the acrylics to soften and give atmospheric quality. I use transparent oils for oil work. They must be used on a completely dry underpainting.
I have found that pushing the atmospherics with more blue or gray to be great fun. Adding layers to the distant trees, graying and blueing them as they recede is a great way to create subtle intervals in the scene. For me the best two ways to create distant intervals is to either increase the atmospheric quality or to change the color temperature of the opaque color relationships. I can put to tree groups adjacent to each other but change the temperature of one group to the other. The cooler group will recede in my view. The closer a tree is in the view, the warmer the color and the more distant, the cooler the color will be. This happens due to particles of dust and so the further away the object, th cooler and grayer it will be. I play with this by bluing the distant tree lines, making for pretty color and more drama in the scene.
Atmospheric painting is great fun!
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
This is a favorite for me:
Use one package frozen chopped spinach. You will need to squeeze the spinach very hard to get all the water you can out of it. It should be barely damp when you finish.
one small onion diced fine
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled
2 strips bacon fried crisp and crumbled
1 can cooked chicken drained and crumbled
1 box philo or puff pastry dough
2 eggs beaten
a pastry bush
saute spinach,onion,bacon and chicken until blended well. Add cracked black pepper/salt to taste and fold in feta after mixture is cooled.
Use small squares of dough and place dabs of mixture in the center. Fold over and seal with egg. Bake on pastry sheet lined with parchment. Yummy!!!