Hi Matt. I want to start the landscape course next week. I was wondering if you could share your philosophy on landscape and background. Why draw landscape?
The teacher I previously studied with in watercolor, I could never understand his mumbo jumbo on impressionism. He was a highly proficient watercolorist but our styles were just not compatible, and I developed this hatred for landscape through him, not because landscape is bad, but because he was never clear on how to approach it. I always enjoyed watching him paint, but somehow he could not explain it to me. Every time I developed a rationale, his words would contradict his actions. I don’t get this “emotion” thing or this Karate Kid style “feeling it” concept. Sure I would love to be on a beach in Australia. I only understand that much.
What would be a good game plan to learn to draw backgrounds? I could alternate between studying anatomy and background as I go.