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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Blondheim Art Original Landscape Painting

Ormond Beach Palms
8x10 inches
acrylic on panel
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Painters Tip

Atmospheric Painting

Atmosphere in a painting is an understanding of how we see three dimensional space and how colors and values change as objects recede in space. In creating atmosphere, edge handling is extremely important. Determine when to use loose edges, and a variety of soft and hard edges to lead the viewer through the landscape. Understanding the light source is key. It is highly important. Where do cast shadows fall? Knowing the direction of the sun and consistently presenting that information to the viewer is important.

Neutral edges will tend to recede. Intense color can help to pull things forward. The value range as objects get further away will tend to decrease as more air between it and the viewer will actually change the way the light of that object hits the viewer's eye. This is due to atmospheric particles of dust and matter comes between you and the objects you are viewing. Mountains will appear blue/gray as they get further away. This same effect can be used on a smaller scale to maximize the illusion of space. The amount of detail used and the brush handling will help maximize the effect of distance. The more distant, the less detail and color.

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