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Digital Subscriptions > The Artist > July 19 > Create depth in your landscapes

Create depth in your landscapes

Jenny Aitken shows you how to draw your viewer into your painting by creating the illusion of depth

ACRYLIC LANDSCAPES: 5 TH OF 10

Looking for Deer, oil on canvas, 153⁄4X193⁄4in (40X50cm). I worked in a warm studio from my photo reference but as ever I was heavily influenced by my real memories of the place. I wanted the sense of deep, enclosed pine forest and the depth created by the winter light filtering through the trees. I’d already considered my composition with the photo, keeping the path and vanishing point to the left of centre. I warmed and darkened the foreground colours, and dulled and cooled those in the background, which really serves to pull in the eye to the end of that path
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About The Artist

Welcome to the July issue of The Artist full of practical features by our top team of artist-contributors to inspire your own drawing and painting. Learn how David Taylor captures light effects in watercolour, perfect your brushwork with Hazel Soan, paint a summer rose in five easy stages, and street scenes full of life and colour. Enjoy demonstrations on how to create depth in your landscapes, use pastels to express texture, paint a backlit treescape in acrylics, and how to develop compositions from original reference material. Robert Dutton and Judi Whitton offer advice on how to avoid overworking and make the right choices to ensure successful compositions, while Martin Kinnear explains how to manage colour for visual design purposes. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and advice on promoting your own work. Whatever your preferred subject matter or medium, there's something for everyone and plenty of ideas to try in your own work this month.