Air! You can’t live without it. It really is something, isn’t it? Take a deep breath: we are blessed to have such an atmosphere. Your paintings need this air to breathe too!
It is not empty space between you and the distant mountains. The Atmosphere in atmospheric / aerial perspective is a tangible thing.
Tips on seeing the atmosphere can be found at COLOR: Beware of Preconceptions (Online art lesson #35).
The Simplified “rules” of Aerial Perspective:
*yes, you will find exceptions to these rules, but if you think you’re seeing an exception, really check it out. Most of the time it will just appear to be an exception.
1. As colors recede they become higher in value (lighter).
2. Colors lose contrast as they move into the distance. Light colors will become a bit darker and dark colors will become a lot lighter.
3. Colors lose intensity as they move into the background. They are less bright; they become duller as if layers of gauze have been placed over them. Imagine a brilliant red and what it would look like seen through layers of sheer curtains.
4. Colors move to the cool (blue) end of the spectrum as they recede. If you think you are seeing yellow in the distance, use the technique explained in COLOR: Beware of Preconceptions (Online art lesson #35) to check it out.
Posted from the shores of Lake Champlain. Greeting to all back in Boulder,CO.