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.