|'Edge of the Marsh' 6x8 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
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What is aerial perspective or atmospheric perspective? Aerial or atmospheric interference with visual perception causes loss of contrast, detail and sharp focus. What this means for the painter is that we can create the illusion of distance and space if we understand what happens to how we see things as they recede. There is science behind this concept and if you want to read more about the whys of aerial perspective, I recommend reading John Carlson's book 'Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting'. He has a chapter devoted to aerial perspective. Just knowing what happens and how you might translate this effect in your painting is the key to having a painting that looks three dimensional.
Here are some of the things that happen to objects as they go back in space.
- SIZE OF OBJECTS-smaller objects seem farther away
- OVERLAPPING -by partially covering one object with another it gives an appearance of depth
- TEXTURE-More texture visible in objects that are closer
- SPACING-objects clustered closer together seem farther away
- FOCUS-objects lose detail as they recede into space.
- COLOR-color intensity is much greater closer to the viewer and tends toward medium gray as it recedes.