DRAKENSTEIN REVERIE, STELLENBOSCH.
Just over the
Helshoogte pass outside Stellenbosch one is greeted with a stunning
panorama of the Drakenstein mountains, with the quaint settlement
of Pniel below, and the famous Boschendal estate in the distance
towards Franschhoek. I have painted different
versions of this scene in all mediums, and the ever-changing energies
of the panorama invite the subject to be re-visited by the artist
time after time.
is a good scene on which to hone what I call the perspective
/ distance tools. On my courses I urge participants
to make use of the following check-list of 5 factors in respect
of distance illusion:
Linear perspective. Use this wherever possible.
See how the receding railway-line effect of the contours
adds to the illusion of depth....
2. Size perspective. Big things come forward,
small things go back. Big trees and shapes in the front, small trees
and shapes in the distance.
3. Over-lapping techniques. The creation
of staccato notes in the landscape at prominent selected positions
helps to push-back the subservient shape.
Notice how the figures walking along the road push the
middle-distance fields back.
4. Tonal perspective. Softer, quieter tones
go back, whilst the harsher and sharper stronger tones come forward.
5. Aerial perspective. Cool colours go
back, whilst warmer colours come forward
these 5 points against this, and any other, painting. Keep them
at the end of your fingertips to apply in your painting when necessary.