As the sun sets it casts an amber glow to everything it touches. The dried grasses blaze and pine boughs glisten. A radiant moment indeed.
Friday I caught this moment and simplified it. Instead of painting every single thing in my view/picture, I painted what was necessary to capture the mood and left out the rest. Sometimes less is more.
Many beginning painters are overwhelmed by a scene and have difficulty starting, therefore they never even try. But what if you can just trim down a bit or a lot? Would that take the pressure off?
When you see landscape that you love, ask yourself: What do I like about this scene? Hold on to that idea and subtract most of the rest. Limit colors and details too. Don’t try to paint every leaf on your tree if your tree is the focal point. Heck, I would never suggest painting every leaf. That’s work, that’s not play!
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How can you simplify your landscape scenes? What has helped you when feeling overwhelmed when beginning to paint?