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Aerial perspective

Peter Burgess explains how aerial perspective works and offers some suggestions for depicting distance and atmosphere in your work

Peter Burgess studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the UK and has work in collections in Britain, Europe and the USA.

www.peterburgesspaintings.co.uk

Aerial perspective can be defined as being the depiction of distance by means of changes of tone, hue and colour saturation. Stated broadly, tones will become fainter and hues will tend more towards blue-violet and grey as they get further away. Most outdoor subjects include greater or lesser degrees of aerial distance and one of the challenges for an artist is to decide how to depict that. As styles of painting vary, for this article I have assumed that the intention is to achieve a result based in some way on perception.

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Welcome to the December issue of The Artist, packed with inspiring, practical articles and demonstrations from top professional artists, all designed to help you improve your drawing and painting skills and techniques. Whatever your preferred medium, there's something for everyone, from how to use wet-in-wet watercolour to capture the mists of autumn, paint a still life in oils over acrylics, use aerial perspective to create distance and atmosphere in your landscapes, to advice on coloured-pencil techniques for botanical subjects. Learn how to glaze your acrylic paintings for greater impact, capture the shimmering light and movement of the sea in acrylics, choose colours for maximum effect for your flower paintings, plus why not try setting up a contemporary still life for something different this month. There's an insight into 'Pete the Street' Brown's approach to working en plein air, Charles Williams' questions what we want from art, and Sally Barton explains how to paint portraits of people's houses to commission. We also include the latest art news and a host of information about competitions to enter, books and art products, offers and more for your artistic enjoyment.