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Today I would like to talk about one of the most important steps for creating depth in a painting, using proper colors in the distance. First, we start off with a soft blue sky. Next, we come forward in the painting. Usually with mountains or distant trees. But something is wrong.... they look closer then they should!
I have heard of (and experienced) this problem many times..... and here is how you fix it.
1. Identify the problem. Look at photos of distant mountains or trees. You will see that they are light and pale in color. Usually they have soft edges and can be covered in mist. Our problem is that we painted them either too dark or we used colors that are too vibrant. This e-packet has a wonderful example of this! Notice that the colors are soft in the distance. http://www.paintwithkevin.com/e-packet-for-sale.html
2. To fix this problem, wipe the entire mountain or tree area with a paper towel. Be careful to keep the sky area clean. The painting will be softer and the colors less vibrant.
3. If the background now looks soft and natural, then your job is done! Continue with your landscape.
4. If you need to soften the colors further, simply wipe the area some more.
For many helpful tips and explanation on landscape and seascape painting check out my DVDs. http://paintwithkevin.com/
I hope this has made your painting experience more enjoyable.