Landscape: exercises 2




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These examples emphasise how mood and atmosphere are emphasized with colour.

Here Ruskin has lightly sketched with pencil. He has dampened the paper with clear water and then applied the colour allowing the tones to become darker as the scene comes closer to the viewer. The warmer tones in the water and sky appear closer, creating a sense of distance.

Ruskin over painted with china white to suggest mist in the valleys. Finally, he painted the village in darker tones so it becomes the focal point.


Materials: Watercolours are particularly easy to carry, and a soft brush becomes an extension of the hand adding



Try some of these techniques by painting a view in the early morning or late evening at twilight.