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How to Paint a Landscape in Three Different Mediums

How to Paint a Landscape in Three Different Mediums by Anita HartCarroll

Painting the same scene three different times using a different medium on each painting can be very enlightening and a lot of fun!  In our article at VeryCreate.com, I explore using pastel, acrylic and watercolor to paint a distinctive landscape of Vantage, Washington on the Columbia River. I share what I learned and what I would do differently the next time I paint the scene.

The goal of the experiment was to see how different each medium handled the same subject and if the final results were unique enough for me to pick a favorite standout.  The knowledge I gained by completing the three paintings really surprised me!

In the acrylic painting, I blew up the scale and went for high drama on canvas.  Using thin layers of paint and glazes, I was able to adjust the value planes and colors until I arrived at the point where I was happy with the final painting.  In this version it was easier to really pop the colors in the shadows on the cliffs and on the roadway.

Acrylic Painting

With pastel, I reduced the scale to a manageable 11 x 17 inches and went for juicy vibrant pastel sticks that I typically don’t use very often. This painting was the fastest and most intuitive.

Pastel Painting

The watercolor painting was painted with the most direct approach and was painted in about 45 minutes. I think it will make a terrific large watercolor but by doing the smaller study, I definitely learned what I will do differently when that time comes.  Not only is this a great time saver, but it is like being your own masterclass teacher!  I basically worked out all the buggaboos before committing to a full size sheet of expensive watercolor paper.
Watercolor painting photo: https://verycreate.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/wc-vatage2.jpg

Watercolor Painting

Having tackled the same subject three different ways gave me insights and experience that could only have come from my experiment!  I will use this knowledge each time I approach a landscape painting and file these tidbits away as golden nuggets.
Thank you!
Anita
https://verycreate.com/one-landscape-painted-with-3-different-mediums-demonstration/

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