How to Paint Landscapes with Depth

Looking At Depth in Landscapes and How To Achieve It

Creating Work That Inspires Your Viewer

Painting landscapes with depth involves creating the illusion of space and distance in a two-dimensional painting. One of the most important elements regarding How to paint landscapes with depth is using Atmospheric Perspective.

This involves portraying the effects of atmosphere on distant objects, such as mountains or canyons appearing lighter in color and less detailed as they recede into the distance due to atmospheric haze. 

This is very pronounced at the Grand Canyon with its vastness and scale. The sheer size of the Grand Canyon is awe-inspiring and creates an environment of breathtaking atmosphere. A painter's dream! 

This week's lesson is a demonstration showing you how to paint landscapes with depth. This demonstration is a scene from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, but you can use these same principles in any landscape. 

Here Are Some Key Thoughts On How To Create Distance 

Learning to paint is a life long journey. Practice is vital and discipline is needed in order to implement lessons into your work.  

Value is high on the scale, realizing that receding into the distance your subject is lighter. 
Size, dimensions and perspective are crucial. (Linear Perspective) The Proportionate diminution of sizes of forms toward the horizon or distance. 
Pay attention to the temperature of your mixtures. (Relates to aerial perspective.) The color diminutions toward the horizon. 
Good drawing is necessary to create distance and understanding vanishing points. 

The image below demonstrates how to paint landscapes with depth using values and color temperatures.  

Would you like a close-up look at my palette? Watch a video and get a downloadable list of all my favorite colors. 

My Favorite Supplies and Tools


Here is a list of my favorite supplies and where you can find them. These are affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission. Thank YOU for your support!

I'm going to remind you of where to start and that is the sketch book. This is the link to that BLOG that will give you the basic starting point. DON'T neglect the beginnings!

You will find the marker set I use here: Marker Set. Make sure you get a Black Marker as well.

If you are interested in a great drawing table, this is the table I use for sketching. Next to the easel, it is one of my favorite places to work! See it here: Drawing Table.

Using a proportional Scaling tool is vital. You can learn about that here and pick up a wheel here. Westcott Proportional Scale.

Values are highly important regarding the subject of how to paint landscapes with depth: Composition and values run side-by-side when it comes to a great painting. If you need a good value tool, check out this tool at Windriverarts.com The ValueComp tool.

I am of the opinion that good brushes are a must. If you are interested in seeing my "Cloud Brush set" you can find them here: Cloud Brush Set. To order call Wind River Arts at 972-342-4947.

Linda Glover Gooch and Masterful Painting LLC participates in various affiliate marketing programs. This site contains links to retailer sites, which means I may get paid commissions on products purchased.

Some Great Creative Resources for You!

On the subject of how to paint landscapes with depth, let's look at a sketch of a canyon scene. Creating depth in sketches follows some of the same ideas, just all done in your value scale. Below is a video from one of my Summer Sketch Giveaways. This is the Little Colorado just east of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy and be inspired! GET to the drawing board!


Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.