Two types of brushwork in atmospheric perspective
After a most spectacular display of spring wildflowers in California, I spent a week camped out in the country trying to capture some of the color. It was important to create a sense of depth in the painting so I used both brushwork and atmospheric perspective to achieve this. I varied the size of the brushwork from the foreground to the far distance and put much more calligraphy in the foreground flowers. I cooled and grayed the colors as you move into the distance in the painting to give the feeling of atmosphere. Compare the brushwork in the near and far distance.
- large brushstrokes and impasto (thick) treatment. In watercolor you would not use the impasto technique but could add more texture to give a feeling of distance.
- high level of detail
- high saturation in the color
- smaller brushstrokes and thinner paint
- low level of detail
- low saturation in the color
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