If you need your landscape painting to give the impression of distance, it helps to get the tones right, so that the lighter tones are far away and blurred and the darker ones with more detail, are closer. These 14 year old students from Bristol show how its done.
Gouache paints are being used on slightly wet watercolour paper to paint the sky.
The "top" of the clouds are unpainted and left the colour of the paper, and the lower part of the cloud is thinly painted with a tiny touch of burnt umber added to the sky blue.
In contrast to the hazy blue - grey horizon, middle distance areas have more true colour and can be painted using slightly less water.
The foreground can have very dark tones. In these paintings the nearest areas are almost black.
Adding detail to very close objects can emphasise the distance even more.
When work is finished, it looks better mounted on black sugar paper, and should be labelled and displayed in the school.
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