Friday, February 14, 2014

Landscape . . . Trying to Loosen Up

"field of longing"
acrylic on paper

I don't know what made me do it but the other night I decided to try a landscape.  It has probably been over a year since I dabbled in it.  Mostly because I have been on an abstract and digital art super highway but probably out of fear.  

Landscape always seemed to have too many rules for me.  Those that have been following my blog know that I don't vibe with that!  However after discovering an amazing artist named David Dunlop that all seemed to change.  He is a landscape painter, using primarily oils but his approach is one of looseness and freedom.  I found him so very inspiring.  I felt encouraged to try even knowing I would make mistakes.  It became more about the moment of fun in creating rather than creating the perfect horizon line.  

For this piece I used a limited palette of cerulean blue, cadmium red light, and titanium white.  I chose those colors knowing that as complimentary's it would create a nice effect.  I used chip brushes from home depot (similar to those David uses) and found them to be great for texture and just plain old fun to swoosh around.  I approached the paper with speed knowing that I had to keep my mind quiet to be loose.  I didn't use a reference photo, just an image that popped up in my mind's eye.  

I have to say that I enjoyed the process for the first time in all my attempts at landscape painting.  I am nervous about painting another but I know that I will go at it in the same manner which should help me be more successful.  

For more info on David Dunlop check out his website HERE

Sharing today at Paint Party Friday :)


  1. What a beautiful painting! How lovely! Super colors :)

  2. Gorgeous! I love limited palettes and this one is no exception.

  3. Looks great Cathy. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. what a really wonderful painting-love it!!

  5. Beautiful I love the movement and color!!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Before I read your post my first reaction was WOW!!!! this is beautiful!!!!! I love the way you worked the landscape. I will check out David's site. Thanks

  7. The landscape has gotten seems very balanced, both the color and the composition. Saludos

  8. Beautiful painting.Love the colours and depth of composition.

    Annabelle : )