- Painting Minimalist Landscapes
WHO IS ETEL ADNAN?
Etel Adnan is an accomplished Lebanese artist, poet, journalist, who has exhibited her artwork internationally. Turning to visual art later in her life, she took to painting her surroundings, which range from sophisticated Paris to coastal California. Like Etel, you will be creating a minimalist landscape painting by simplifying the formal shapes of your chosen landscape and playing with color.
WHAT IS LANDSCAPE PAINTING?
A painting that depicts nature and the land such as the ocean, mountains, desert, etc.
WHAT IS MINIMALISM?
Minimalism is a form of abstract art which focuses on simplifying the composition using geometric shapes, lines, and color.
- Reference photo
- 8.5in x 11in canvas paper
- Palette for paint mixing
- Paper towels
- Acrylic paint
- Brushes in a variety of sizes
- Bright colored marker
- Painters tape
- Ruler (optional)
With your paint, begin filling in your simplified shapes. Each simplified shape should be a different color so you can get creative with your color mixing.
Tip: Always mix your own colors instead of using the paint straight from the tube as they can look dull and flat. Remember to clean your brushes with the paper towels and water cup in between colors so each color stays bright and there's no unwanted color mixing!
6. Final touches!
Once the painting is dry, carefully take
off the tape and voilà! You have a finished painting! Now sign your name in the bottom right-hand corner, give it a title, take a photo and share it with your friends!
Tip: Once you have completed your painting, make sure to wash all your paints. Doing these two things will keep your brushes and paints in good shape and last a long time!