Formerly called “Painting the Luminous Landscape,” this course is designed for intermediate to advanced oil painters, and will introduce students to the Tonalist landscape aesthetic and techniques. Tonalism, a distinct style of landscape painting which developed in the late 19th century, is experiencing a resurgence of interest today. It is characterized by simple design, a narrow range of values, a limited but luminous palette and an emphasis on atmospheric effects in the landscape, particularly during the hours of dawn, sunset, dusk and evening. Techniques for creating underpaintings, glazing and scumbling will be covered.
One of the hallmarks of the Tonalist aesthetic is an interest in the “Magic Hours”- dawn, sunset, twilight, evening, and of course, night. Learning to paint those effects is an essential part of understanding the Tonalist style.