Blue Mountain – Day Two

Sally was our host today on her beautiful property with a magnificent view. Yesterday, several of the students had asked about vistas and how to deal with so much visual information. I tried to address the question with my morning demonstration.

This is a simplification exercise. It can help the artist see shapes and patterns rather than detail. If it resembles a colouring book, I don’t mind. Each shape is distinct and clearly delineated with pencil. Some ‘soft-edge’ transition is introduced to each shape but neighbouring shapes are not allowed to run into each other. Another goal of the exercise is to vary the greens, as much as possible.

Some of the group soaked up the sunshine and others found shady spots to paint. I generally recommend the latter option.

Some tackled the exercise and others opted to work in their usual manner. That’s fine with me. I don’t insist that the participants do exactly what I do but I hope they benefit from the lesson.

Tuesday Critique


One of the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting traditions is a lovely reception following one of the plein air painting days. Ours was today and we enjoyed yummy snacks and refreshing cold drinks at Mary Lou’s charming home.


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4 Responses to “Blue Mountain – Day Two”

  1. bar Says:

    What a great exercise. I’m going to try it. Nice results too.

  2. Monica Says:

    Everyone paints so well. Good teacher.

  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Another excellent exercise!

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