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Aerial Perspective for Beach Scenes with Mike Barr

Posted on Fri 01 Sep 2017

'Beaches have space and distance, the sky is unhindered all the way to the horizon and the expanse of sky and sea is impressive,' says Mike Barr as he paints beachscapes in the October 2017 issue of The Artist. 'I nearly always add clouds, even if they are not there in real life, because they add expanse to the sky and are part of the illusion of space. Even a bird or two in the sky can help with this.

'To convey this in a painting is a game-changer, but many artists seem to give it a miss. Getting a handle of atmospheric perspective or the illusion of distance and space through colour and tone is the biggest benefit an artist can learn and will be the difference between an ordinary painting and one which you feel you can walk into.

'Generally, things get bluer as they recede into the distance. Darks get lighter and lights get darker. The very best way to see this in action is to go to a major art gallery and spend some time in the Impressionists section. Failing that, look up the Impressionists online, both the trailblazers of the 19th century and those of modern days, and see how they have tackled aerial perspective'.

Watch as Mike paints plein-air at Port Willunga below.

Follow Mike to paint Autumn Holiday, Semaphore in oil, (see below), in the October issue of The Artist. Click here to purchase your copy.

Aerial Perspective for Beach Scenes with Mike Barr

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  • but many artists seem to give it a miss. Getting a handle of atmospheric perspective or the illusion of distance and space through colour and tone is the biggest benefit an artist. I want to recommend my favorite artists Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frida Kahlo, Roberto Matta Gabino amaya cacho and Pablo Picasso.

    Posted by heidy barted on Sat 09 Sep 14:04:43