Working with Atmospherics

working with atmospherics Working with Atmospherics

Working with Atmospherics Notes

I’ve always been so fond of working with atmospherics in painting.  It takes some time to do that effect successfully, creating atmosphere and depth in paintings. I practice it all the time. In fact, it wasn’t until I learned to handle that technique in acrylics, that I felt my acrylic work was valid. I study atmospherics as I walk along my Deer Woods nature trail early in the day. I think good atmospheric work makes a painting special. Knowing when to do hard edge work and lost edgework is so important to create distance. Color temperatures change with atmospherics, along with using land color in the sky and sky color in the land.

Working with Atmospherics

Learning to soften edge work and create atmosphere with acrylics made all of the difference. I have always hated the hard, illustrative, plastic look to many acrylic paintings. It took me a long time to overcome that problem in my own work. Surprisingly, I borrowed techniques that I had taught myself with oils to learn to do the same with acrylics.

Working with Atmospherics

Rustic Wood Paintings

I have always felt that using two different mediums has helped me greatly to learn technique. My goal all along has been to make my work almost seamless between oils and acrylics. What happened unexpectedly, is that my acrylics are technically more successful than my oils at this stage of my career. I can’t tell when it happened exactly, but it has. At one time people always knew which were my oils and which were acrylics. That is no longer the case. Most of my patrons prefer the acrylics now, not realizing or caring that they are not oils. Who knew?????

Working with Atmospherics

Linda’s Bird Art

Being onsite is the key for me, not painting, but observing distance and how fore, middle, and back ground spaces relate to each other in the landscape. There are subtle changes that are evident in onsite observation. I like to mull them over as I walk along the trail.

More musings for artists and collectors to come….

Today’s Recipe

Peach Salsa

6 peaches cored, peeled and diced

1/2 cup white wine

2 T honey

1 T ground horseradish

1 teaspoon chopped mint

Cook peaches with horseradish wine and honey until tender. Top with fresh mint, serve with chips.


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2 thoughts on “Working with Atmospherics

  1. Regarding your peach salsa recipe, is it 1 cup of white wine, or did you intend to make it 1/2 cup? Right now it shows 1/ —- which is why I’m asking

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