No More Empty Landscapes

Last Friday we had a great workshop led by Elaine Nash in which she observed that many landscapes lack an obvious focal point and are devoid of people. She showed us through her Townscapes how to tackle the issue of painting people without fear of ruining a painting at the last minute. We developed skills by first quickly drawing outlines, then painting in clothes even more quickly, and then painting on practice paper without sketches, before finally plucking up courage to paint directly on our precious landscapes. At the same time we dealt with both individuals and groups of figures.
A little more practice is needed to help dissipate the fear of spoiling a good painting and turning it into a masterpiece exuding scale and providing a clear focal point.

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