How to Paint a Dynamic Abstract Landscape

How to Paint an Abstract Landscape Using Layers of Colour

Hello my Wild Ones! Some of you have been asking about different painting techniques. I've put together a mini tutorial for those of you who would like to try something new. I hope you enjoy it. 

Have you ever wondered how to bring a splash of life into your abstract landscape painting? This tutorial will show you how to use layers of colour to give your work a lift. The technique is enhanced by using tiny paintbrushes and layers of white to add sparkle. Once you get the hang of it, you will find this technique has many other wonderful creative uses. Happy Painting!

Abstract painting of Bere Island, Ireland

Abstract painting of Bere Island, Ireland

A White Canvas...How Exciting! - Limitless Possibilities

A blank canvas? Imagine the possibilities!

A blank canvas? Imagine the possibilities!

Don't you just love a blank canvas? In this tutorial it is important the canvas is painted white; this will add light to the colour layers that follow. The excitement of creating something fun starts here!

After you've painted your canvas white, let it dry and then paint it red!

After you've painted your canvas white, let it dry and then paint it red!

Red! Go ahead, paint the entire canvas red. Red is the first layer of colour you will need to give your landscape a lift. After the red paint dries, start roughing in your landscape with a pencil crayon. Try to capture the personality of the landscape rather than tiny, realistic details. Remember, this landscape is going to be an abstract one. Having a Wild Heart gives you permission to experiment and play!

Watch the Painting Steps Unfold - Bere Island, Original Painting by Susanne Iles

Using the steps outlined above as a foundation, I created a video for you to enjoy and follow. You'll get a better sense of how the painting progresses and will hopefully be inspired to try this technique yourself.

My dear Wild Ones, if you enjoyed the tutorial and were inspired to give it a try, I would love to hear from you. If you created a piece of artwork inspired by this video, please feel free to share it in the comment section below.