Landscape Painting

Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022

On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

By Dan Scott / May 27, 2022 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) Let’s take a look at how I painted Maryvale, Overcast. It’s a simple landscape with rich greens, dark trees, and a moody sky.  Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022 Reference … Read more

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Monet Poplars

A Closer Look at Claude Monet’s Poplars Series

By Dan Scott / May 24, 2022 / 19 Comments

Let’s take a closer look at Claude Monet’s Poplars series. I’ll cover: Key Details Light and Color Composition Brushwork and Technique My Favorite From the Series Other Monet Series Poplar Paintings by Other Artists Key Takeaways Additional Resources Key Details Monet painted the Poplars series in 1891 and 92. He did paint poplars on a … Read more

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Dan Scott, Caloundra, Shimmering Light, 2022

The Top Landscape Artists on Instagram

By Dan Scott / May 11, 2022 / Comments Off on The Top Landscape Artists on Instagram

As is the case of many other artists, landscape artists use Instagram to promote their work and some of them have a massive following. In this post, I share some of the most-followed landscape artists on Instagram from all over the world. Thierry Duval: French Artist Capturing City Views Thierry Duval has a background in … Read more

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Winslow Homer, Boys in a Dory, 1873

Gouache – The Ultimate Guide

By Dan Scott / May 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Gouache – The Ultimate Guide

This is a detailed guide on gouache painting. I’ll cover: What is Gouache? Brief History of Gouache Famous Gouache Artists Why Gouache? What Do You Need to Paint With Gouache? General Tips Additional Resources What is Gouache?  Gouache (pronounced ‘gwash’) is water-soluble paint that has a matte finish. It is similar to watercolor but is … Read more

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881

How to Paint Like Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By Dan Scott / April 14, 2022 / 56 Comments

“For me … a painting should be something to cherish, joyous and pretty, yes pretty!” Pierre-Auguste Renoir Let’s take a look at how to paint like Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I’ve never been much a fan of Renoir’s work. That was until I saw one of his paintings at the European Masters exhibition. A Young Girl With … Read more

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Dan Scott, Caloundra, Shimmering Light, 2022

On the Easel: Caloundra, Shimmering Light

By Dan Scott / April 8, 2022 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Caloundra, Shimmering Light

(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) Below is Caloundra, Shimmering Light. It depicts a high-contrast scene, with the shadowed foreground framing the shimmering Caloundra estuary. Dan Scott, Caloundra, Shimmering Light, 2022 Reference Photo Here’s the … Read more

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Dan Scott, Minnippi, Green, Contrast, 2021, 700W

7 Tips for High-Contrast Paintings

By Dan Scott / January 14, 2022 / 53 Comments

I have been fond of painting high-contrast scenes lately. Below is one I’m currently working on, Minnippi, Green, Contrast. High-contrast paintings are stunning when they work, but garish when they don’t. It’s a careful balance between pushing the contrast without overdoing it and whilst making sure the painting works as a whole. In light of … Read more

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Dan Scott, Minnippi Parklands, Sunny, 2021, 700W

On the Easel: Minnippi Parklands, Sunny

By Dan Scott / August 30, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Minnippi Parklands, Sunny

Below is Minnippi Parklands, Sunny. It’s a pleasant landscape from a local park I run around. The sun was high, the water crystal clear, and the colors crisp. Dan Scott, Minnippi Parklands, Sunny, 2021 Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: Details Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18 x 24 inches. Main … Read more

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Dan Scott, Gold Coast, Path to the Sea, 2021

On the Easel: Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

By Dan Scott / August 23, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

Below is Gold Coast, Path to the Sea. I painted this almost entirely with palette knives. I wanted to capture that day’s cool sea breeze, warm sunlight, and crisp colors. Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: Feel free to paint it yourself. I didn’t paint a study for this. Sometimes I … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, Garden Coin With Butterflies, 1887 (Movement)

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies

By Dan Scott / July 30, 2021 / 57 Comments

Let’s take a closer look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies. I’m always impressed at how well van Gogh was able to inject life into even the most simple subjects. There’s a sense of movement and activity about it. I’ll cover: Vibrating Colors Light and Shadow (Value) Brushwork, Movement, and Texture Key Points of … Read more

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