Landscape Paintings as a Platform for Practice
Updated: 27 Apr 2018
A landscape painting in a realistic style is not an easy task and can be quite challenging.
Sometimes the painting process results less successfully, for example, when trying a new painting style, trying to paint a complex painting or even an unsuccessful color mixing.
Some of the greatest painters had their share of unsuccessful paintings, which they sometimes threw away or destroyed. It is part of the learning process.
However, it is useful to keep unsuccessful paintings, to look at them and to understand where the mistake is or what needs to be done differently.
In addition, landscape painting can be used as a platform for practice or as a training canvas.
Each part of a landscape painting can be used as a training area:
- Sky for anything that flies
- Lake for everything that floats or swims
- Land for different plants, figures or structures
Here are some examples for using landscape paintings as a practice canvas for painting animals, objects, plants and more:
The Loch Ness Monster Oil Painting
For the lake area, painting the Loch Ness Monster and a boat:
In the sky, painting a bald eagle.
Pencil drawing is more convenient on an already painted canvas.
On the ground, painting of two types of plants: Phragmites and Typha.
Adding a monster, boat, eagle and plants to a landscape oil painting:
Camel in the Desert Oil Painting
Adding palm trees to a desert oil painting:
And a camel:
A Fawn in the Forest Oil Painting
Forest oil painting:
Adding a fawn:
Seagull Oil Painting
When a less successful painting is not a landscape painting, one can paint a new layer of sky color on top of the existing painting.
Sky will be suitable for birds, planes, balloons and anything that flies.
It is possible to draw directly with a brush or to wait for the oil paint to harden and draw the bird with a pencil.
Pencil drawing of a seagull:
Painting the seagull:
Landscape painting is an excellent background for practice: the stage is ready for adding figures and objects.
Adding figures or objects is done by drawing in perspective.
Using existing landscape paintings is a great way to practice painting new objects.