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7 Tips for Improving a Landscape Painting Composition

7 Tips for Improving a Landscape Painting Composition

In this free article, score Dan Marshall's tips, plus three case studies on landscape painting composition.
How to: Painting composition with Dan Marshall

Step-by-Step: Edit the Landscape for Better Composition

A strong composition is achieved through intentional design, not a happy accident of random shapes. If we look closely, nature gives us all the information we need. We just have to organize the pieces to create visually pleasing paintings.
John Michael Carter, featured in the PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast 204: John Michael Carter on Painting Composition and More

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric interviews plein air and studio painter John Michael Carter on realism in art, the process of learning and finding one's voice, and painting elements such as composition and focal points, and more.
Composition for Artists - OutdoorPainter.com

6 Composition Books for Artists

We asked, and you answered! In this roundup, we're sharing your favorite composition books for artists.
How to paint landscapes - OutdoorPainter.com

Creating Powerful Compositions, and More, with Mark Fehlman

Enjoy an exclusive Q&A with plein air painter Mark Fehlman on his composition checklist, the most important tool artists have, and more.
PleinAir Podcast - OutdoorPainter.com

PleinAir Podcast 123: Utah Landscape Painter David Dibble on Composition and More

The landscape compositions of David Dibble, who tells the story of his heritage through art, are second to none. In this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads, they discuss art inspiration, the keys to getting the most out of an art workshop, and much more.
Anne Blair Brown, PleinAir Podcast

PleinAir Podcast Episode 115: Anne Blair Brown on Painting Composition and More

Anne Blair Brown on seeing shapes for composition, how to have more successes than failures — and much more — in this PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads.

Why This Works: High Horizon Line for Compelling Composition

In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and points out why they succeed as painted images. This week, Thomas Caleb Goggans’ “Shoshone Turquoise.”

Why This Works: It’s All About Composition

- Jeanne Mackenzie reporting - In this series, plein air painter and instructor Jeanne Mackenzie takes a look at new paintings by contemporary artists and...

Composition and Cropping, as Easy as (Pizza) Pie

Ever find that the composition seems right and ready in your viewfinder, but during the painting session, that original vision goes askew? Grab a...
How to paint halos of light - Carl Bretzke, "Boot Store," 16 x 20 in.

Nocturne Know-How: Paint a Halo of Light in Your Night Scene

Check out this tip from Carl Bretzke on how to paint a halo of glow around light at night.
Beth Bathe, "Pipkas Cottage," 2017, water-mixable oils, 12 x 24 in., Private collection, Plein air

Painting Tutorial: Water-Mixable Oils in Action

In this demonstration from PleinAir Magazine, we see how Beth Bathe uses water-mixable oils to create the tonal landscape painting, "Pipkas Cottage."
Zufar Bikbov Plein Air Podcast Eric Rhoads

Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Russian landscape painter Zufar Bikbov in a fascinating conversation.
Plein Air Podcast Eric Rhoads Mark Shasha

Plein Air Podcast 223: How Mark Shasha Keeps Getting to the Next Level

In this episode of the Plein Air Podcast, Eric Rhoads interviews Mark Shasha, an amazing plein air and studio artist.
Larry Cannon plein air painting

Artist Spotlight: Larry Cannon

How did you get started and then develop your career? Larry Cannon: I had one semester of watercolor during my architectural training but did not...
How to paint landscapes

How to Paint Landscapes: A Q&A with Kathleen Hudson

Kathleen Hudson (who is on the faculty of the Plein Air Convention) has been drawn to the landscape since childhood. Here, she explains her process of how to paint landscapes.
How to paint landscapes

What’s Your Mother Color?

A Q&A with Bob Rohm on the process of landscape painting, including his use of a "mother color."
Gene Costanza painting on location

5 Quick and Dirty Tips for Artists

Plein air painter Gene Costanza shares his five quick tips for artists on composition, color, and more.
Brenda Boylan with her new painting, "A Secret Place"

A Design Technique That Stopped a Painter in Her Tracks

The paint was still drying on Brenda Boylan’s five-foot-wide landscape when she took a few minutes to chat with me about her most recent work. Learn how the painting came to be, including the design concept she discovered and applied when she was halfway through the piece.

Fleeting Moments: Plein Air Watercolor

Working quickly and directly, Joseph Zbukvic exploits all the qualities that make plein air painting with watercolor so unique.
  1. Plein Air Podcast 224: Russian Landscape Painter Zufar Bikbov