Painting Impressionistic Landscapes

Impressionistic Watercolour

Loose, free, colourful, impressionistic – thats how I love to paint landscapes.  Using the Impressionistic  approach I’ll use my hand, my brush, a colour to put my own personal interpretation of the subject into the paintings.  I enjoy bold colour applied with confidence, something that looks like I was having fun!

Impressionistic Watercolour
Impressionistic Watercolour -Western Australia Landscape


I really don’t want my work to look as if  I’d laboured over it, or been tortured to get it done.   I constantly remind myself, that confidence will carry the day – even if some minor technical aspects may have gone astray.  Impressionistic painting style suits me, is a much better fit to my personality. I’d be overly negative, full of angst, way too harsh with myself if I was…. a botanical artist, or had to do photorealism. My brother is very much a photorealist artist and he is quite happy to spend months on one image. That would drive me insane.  He works in black and white, rarely in colour.

Impressionist Landscape Oils
Teal Inlet Impressionist Oils

I love Colour! Impressionist Colour paintings in watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels draw me in every time.

impressionistic acrylics
Acrylics Impressionist Beach and landscape
Impressionistic watercolour trees
Impressionistic Trees Watercolours Indigo Cobalt teal

I find at times, that my love of colour can blind me to the need for tonal value balance as I paint away.

Then, of course I must resolve the tones when I do my assessments.  Sometimes I don’t mind, especially if I’ve not been able to paint for awhile and I just need to let loose to paint and get it out of my system.

wet in wet, impressionist sky
Wet in Wet, Impressionistic sky

In other words, I work with, this tendency.  I know it. I have strategies to try to prevent some of it from occurring. But, I accept it as part of me, who I am as an artist. I don’t get bogged down with critical, negative thoughts.

miniature watercolour impressionistic landscape
Miniature Watercolour Impressionistic Landscape


Instead,  I think positive. Can I turn the accidents into assets?  Which one of the 101 ways that I know can Resolve a painting shall I try this time?

I always feel more inspired,  freer, more confident when I paint my landscapes with the Impressionist approach.


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14 thoughts on “Painting Impressionistic Landscapes

    1. Thank you very much! Feedback, comments, thoughts are always welcome and helpful.Thank you also, Very Much for visiting and Following. It is appreciated. “cheers” Debi

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    1. Thanks Debi,
      “Needed to read what you just wrote and see what you created.”
      I feel the same and that I might folllow a similar path going in that direction. Thanks for helping to clear the way.

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    2. Thanks Leslie. The negative critical thoughts never did actually Help my work get better, but usually made it worse. Having fun, being bold, splashing that paint out gave me a higher ratio of successes. But we are all different. Different approaches for different people. …and when will I be seeing some of your art creations? 🙂


      1. My name is not Leslie but Mitza. In my old blog “ you can see some of my paintings and drawings. For the time being I don’t have enough time to draw or paint and not enough room, regards Mitza

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      2. So sorry! I knew that but my reply went to the wrong commenter, yikes! BAD Fingers!!! need more practice typing or else more aspirin for the RA! sorry again Mitza signed, BAD typer Debi lol

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      3. it doesn’t matter. I can understand you. I sometimes get mixed with all my 1200 followers, too. Have a wonderful day, regards Mitza


    3. Thanks you very much. I try, to aim for a good balance of photos and text content…. trying to get it like Goldilock’s “just right” and Not Boring for you guys! I’m appreciative of your feedback and support. Thank you! Debi

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  1. I appreciate your willingness to share information about your style, technique and artistic temperament. I love your bold use of color and your brave, impressionistic application. Thank you for stopping by my website! I very much appreciate valuable insight from fellow artists.

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    1. thank you! just read your post “Embrace your Learning Curve” from Dec 2014 … which is close to when I started. Its a wonderfully insightful post!


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