5 tips to better Plein air painting

Observing from nature is a way to grow as a painter. 

Here are five ways to improve your plein air paintings:

1) Simplify your composition.

2) Tie your dark shapes together.

3) Be selective. The more you use of a color, the less impact it has.

4) Start with a thumbnail value study that shows how you want the viewers’ eye to travel through your painting.

5) Don’t use the sky as a backdrop.

Need more Plein air painting tips? Join us on a Plein air painting session! Contact us for our next free session.

Published by Angela Hansen Fine Art

I am a contemporary landscape painter focusing on the interplay of abstraction and representation. My current work’s focus is the beautiful terrain of Central Florida and its unique light and texture. I am known for my vibrant use of color.

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