Where am I in relation to the landscape?

In this lecture, we looked at different  artists and landscapes and it made me question how to portray figures in my landscapes. For example, does it affect the landscape if the figure is in the foreground or the background, if it is small or large? I used my sketchbook to experiment on small images how figures affect the atmosphere of a painting.


Artist examples of this include:

Richard Wilson – the white monk

to wander above the mist friedrich

francis danby landscape near Clifton


This is particularly apparent in my large 5ft canvas – am I the viewer or the person in the painting?  The way this figure is painted, is quite subtle and allows the viewer to interpret the painting in the way they want, whether that’s looking down at the person by the coast, or that they themselves ae the person, being enveloped in the landscape.




Author: alannah3012l5

I am a landscape painter who enjoys spending free time exploring and wandering through natural landscapes, understanding that the space I occupy in this world is tiny and temporary. The aim of my paintings is to evoke the same sense of wonder in the viewer that I experience while on my travels and to ignite the realisation that compared to our surroundings, we are miniscule and blend in, we are not above, nor do we have any higher importance than any other being or thing on this planet. My large oil paintings are designed to be displayed outdoors after being inspired by Katherine Grosse in the Venice Biennale, making them appear small in their surroundings, much like the people in them and the people viewing them. However, my zines and watercolours require more attention, showing that even smaller details contain whole worlds and landscapes of their own. Depending on our own experiences we see the prints differently. The text along with the images encourage the viewer to see the same landscape I see.

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