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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Salt Springs Run

Salt Springs Run
12x16 inches
acrylic on panel

Painter's Tip

Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective

Atmospheric perspective is an important aspect of landscape painting because it expresses spatial depth in your painting. Think of your painting as having three major planes, foreground, middleground and background.

As objects diminish in the distance, their tones shapes and colors become more and more muted because there are minute particles of dust and other objects in the air between your eyes and the objects.

That is why a landscape painting with all hard crisp detail looks amateurish. The painter is not taking atmospheric perspective into consideration.

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