Some Popular Beaches Around The World That Would Make Fabulous Oil Paintings

 

OR coast south of the sea lion caves
Oregon Coast South of the Sea Lion Caves

Why do oil paintings of popular places, especially beaches around the world? Because people love to travel to places like these and create memories they will take home with them. When vacationers want to be reminded of a favorite location where lots of wonderful memories were made they turn to visual aides. These can be in the form of photographs or they can be paintings that will be hung on the walls of their home or office. As an artist, painting canvases of well traveled vacation spots can mean revenue for you because people will want to buy paintings that remind them of the fun times they had. This is a resource you will not want to overlook if you are wanting to make a living from your art.


east coast lighthouse paintingCurrituck Beach Lighthouse
Marine landscape by Teresa Bernard
11″ x 14″
Oils on stretched canvas

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  • anse lazio beach
    Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

    Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

  • Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Beach at Cape May, Cape May, New Jersey
  • Beach at Panama City, Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
  • Camp’s Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, California
  • Cayo de Agua, Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
  • Children’s Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  • Coronado Municipal Beach, Coronado, California
  • Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California
  • Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Kenya
  • Eagle Beach, Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba
  • beach in Greece
    Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

    Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece

  • Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Florida
  • Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
  • Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Hawaii
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hollywood Beach, Hollywood, Florida
  • Hulopo’e Beach, Manele Bay, Hawaii
  • Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
  • Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Hawaii
  • Kauna’oa Bay, Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
  • La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
  • Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
  • Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
  • Moshup Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Nai Harn Beach, Nai Harn, Thailand
  • Newport Beach, Newport Beach, California
  • Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar
  • Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine
  • Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Florida
  • Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands
  • Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
  • Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
  • Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico
  • Hawaii beach
    Poipu Beach Park, Poipu, Hawaii

    Poipu Beach Park, Poipu, Hawaii

  • Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
  • Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
  • Saint Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, Florida
  • Sharm El Luli, Marsa Alam, Egypt
  • Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
  • South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Surfside Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii
  • West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
  • White Beach, Boracay, Aklan Province
  • Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
  • Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, United Kingdom

This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order. When you visit these places be sure to take your camera along to take lots of reference photos for your paintings. Once you get back to your studio you will have lots of fun as you immortalize your memories of these places on canvas wall art.

Did your favorite beach make the list? If not, and you think it would make a lovely seaside painting, feel free to add it below in comments.

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Floral Canvas Art In Your Home

Canvas oil paintings have been a popular form of home décor for centuries. A favorite subject of paintings is flowers. People from all walks of life love flowers and appreciate adding their beauty to the décor of their homes. The most popular flowers often painted by artists as seen in many oil paintings include roses, hibiscus, sunflowers, orchids, poppies, lilies and wildflowers. A favorite setting for flowers is still life, where flowers are beautifully arranged in a vase of some sort. Many painting enthusiasts also love seeing flowers in their natural environment as seen in landscape paintings.


Sunflower oil paintingSunflower From Behind
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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If you have a desire to decorate the walls of your home with art, may I suggest flower paintings? They offer a wonderful solution to home decorating. However, before rushing out to buy just anything, you should keep a few things mind while you are shopping.

  1. Your flower oil painting should complement the colors of your home and especially the room you plan to display it in. Flower paintings have a way of injecting some bold color into an empty space.
  2. You will also need to consider the space you want the painting to go in. Take measurements with of the walls where the paintings are to be hung and take these with you. The wrong size painting in your space won’t look right at all.
  3. Another consideration that you will need to keep in mind is lighting. It does no good displaying a beautiful piece of canvas art that won’t get noticed or admired. Proper lighting gives focus and attention to the painting being displayed.
  4. Flower paintings can also be great conversation starters whenever visitors drop in. They can either make statements about you and your tastes or can just be objects of beauty to appreciate.
  5. Lastly, paintings will appreciate in value as years go by but only if the artist becomes known. Make sure you buy a painting because you love it. Paintings will bring you years of enjoyment, make it one you can’t live without.

Red Rose paintingTyler Rose
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Flower paintings will also add a bit of romance to your home. If you are interested in creating a romantic atmosphere in any room of your home, consider the addition of some flower oil paintings for your walls. Floral canvas art is very versatile and works well in most rooms of your home. Paintings of roses, calla lilies, magnolias and grasses with contemporary appeal, or summer blossoms of zinnia, irises and daisies are just a few options that can become part of a romantic floral theme. Do a little research online for some floral artwork and you will quickly find some paintings that will suit what you need to turn a boring room into one with plenty of elegance. Bedrooms with floral canvas art on the wall helps to create the perfect romantic atmosphere. But that’s not the only place a flower painting helps spruce a boring room. Most people love flowers to a degree and flower art in your living room helps them to feel welcome in your home. Floral art works well in your dining room too. Oil paintings of flowers displayed in your dinning room add sophistication to the décor and helps to make the dinning experience a memorable one.


The Importance of Varnishing Oil Paintings

Now that you have bought this beautiful oil painting, you will want to take measures to insure that it stays that way. One very important thing to do is make sure it has received several coats of non-yellowing varnish. Varnish is a final, clear protective layer applied to a painting after it is finished and completely dry. The artist should have already done this before selling the painting. It is an important first step in preserving the work of art so it lasts for generations to come.


western sunset oil paintingCowboy Sunset
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Why varnish an oil painting?

1. Varnish saturates the colors making them pop. Varnish brings out the vibrancy of the colors and gives them that just painted look and shine. In addition, varnish helps to keep those beautiful colors from fading as the years go by.

2. Varnish creates an even sheen over the entire surface of the painting. Oil paint colors dry very differently because of the different pigments that go into making up each individual color. When completely dry, some colors appear matte, some satin and some glossy. A layer or two of varnish will even out the final appearance of the painting, giving it a consistent overall look.

3. Varnish protects the painted surface from atmospheric elements and makes the surface easier to clean. All paintings will require cleaning as time goes by; however, varnish will reduce the frequency of those cleanings and reduce the risk of any possible damage to the painting. If the painting isn’t varnished, over time dust, grime, dirt, grease, moisture and pollution in the environment will change the look of the painting. These can dull the colors, causing them to crack and chip off as the years go by.

When should a painting be varnished?

An oil painting should be allowed to dry for a minimum of 6 months. Depending on how thick the paint is applied it might even need as much as 12 months of drying time before applying varnish. It’s crucial that the oil painting is completely dry before varnish is applied, otherwise the varnish may crack. This is because varnish dries before the oil paint does. As oil paint dries it moves slightly and since the varnish is already dry it begins to crack.

If your painting has never been varnished, you will need to wait at least a year and then take it to a reputable frame shop. They maybe able to varnish the painting, however, it will most like be for a fee. Or is you know of an artist in your area who is an oil painter they may varnish the painting for you as well.

One final solution is to varnish the painting yourself, however, I wouldn’t recommend this if your painting is an extremely valuable piece of art. If you do varnish the painting yourself be sure to use varnish designed for fine art oil paintings. Be sure to follow all instructions on the label. It is not recommended that you use varnish obtained from a hardware store as this kind is to too harsh for the painting and could wind up damaging it.

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Proper Care of Your Sunset Oil Paintings

sunset oil paintingTaking good care of your sunset oil paintings will ensure they last throughout the years and the colors will stay vibrant. Here are few things to consider:

Cleaning Your Painting

Over time your sunset oil paintings will become soiled from dust, lint, cobwebs, dirt, cigarette smoke, or just plain old wear and tear. This can cause all the beautiful colors of the sunset to appear dull and less vivid. With some simple cleaning techniques it is easy to keep the dazzle in those brilliant shades of yellow, orange, blue and purple that make up your sunset canvas art.

The first thing you need to do is remove your painting from the wall. Never try to clean it while it is hanging. You should also remove it from the frame as well. Dust does get into the crevice where the frame overlaps the painting sometimes it is impossible to clean it out while still in the frame. When cleaning be sure to use a soft cloth. Old cotton t shirts or even cloth diapers are great for this purpose. For dusting you can use a feather duster or a Swiffer Duster to remove light coatings of dust, cobwebs and lint. For grimy, oily or sticky areas of the painting you can use an emulsion cleaner that can purchased at an art supply store. Never use a strong detergent as this can damage the colors of your sunset painting.

Preserving the Color

Preserving your sunset oil paintings so they will last a lifetime and even into the next century is a simple task if you follow this easy commonsense technique to care for your artwork. Do not expose your painting to direct sunlight or ultraviolet lights over an extended period of time. Doing so will result in the bright yellow, orange, blue and purple pigments that make up your sunset to fade over time. The best lighting is diffused natural or artificial lights.


African art Camelthorn Trees“Camelthorn Trees of Africa”
Landscape painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 24″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Oil paintings need to have some exposure to diffused lighting, if left in storage or in an unlit room for extended periods of time, the linseed oil in the pigment will turn yellow. However, this is a naturally occurring event that the oil goes through. The yellowing can be reversed by putting the painting in a room with natural or artificial lighting. After a couple of days the yellowing in the linseed oil will fade and restore the painting to its original color.

Protecting the Painting

Atmospheric conditions can also affect oil paintings. If you want to make sure your sunset painting will last a hundred years and beyond then you need to take certain steps to protect your canvas art from damage by the environment. Every part of a painting will expand and constrict due to atmospheric conditions. This will cause stress on the painting which can result in premature aging and damage to the artwork. Undergoing rapid changes in temperature and humidity will create the most stress on a work of art. The best environment for a sunset painting is a controlled one where there is a constant 65° temperature.

If this isn’t always possible, the next best thing is to take these precautions. It is best to avoid conditions of extreme dryness and heat or humidity and cold that can occur if the painting is displayed in areas where they are directly under air conditioners, heating vents, fireplaces, etc. Also kitchens and bathrooms can create conditions of rapidly changing heat, cold and humidity. Long term exposure to such conditions can cause the paint to flake, the canvas to rot, or the pigment to discolor.

Additional Reading

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The Evening Sky Captured in a Sunset Oil Painting

A setting sun is loved most for its warmth, charm and most of all its vibrant colors. Just about everyone loves the view a sun creates while rising or setting in the sky. What a wonderful way for the Creator of all the universe to say “Good morning!” or at the end of a working day to see Him say, “Good evening.” There’s just something about rays of sunlight bouncing off the clouds creating all those vibrant colors that appeal to us. Is there any wonder why artists from all over the world love to capture the setting sun in all its grandeur and splendor and to forever immortalize a fleeting moment like that in one of their oil paintings? The sun sets quickly and lasts for only a few minutes but the beauty of one can last for a long time when an artist takes it and creates a wonderful work of art on canvas.


Calvary at Sunset oil painting“Calvary at Sunset”
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas

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The world over artists have captured the setting sun in all its splendor in their paintings of sunset. The colors they use are brilliant yellows, oranges, blues and purples in the sky and along with dark shadows of dark browns, deep blues and rich blacks. Yellows and oranges are warm colors which make up the majority of the sinking suns rays. Blues and purples are cool colors that balance out the warmth. On the ground, the warm browns added with black give the warmth of the earth, while the blues added to the black in the shadows give us that impression of cool. And don’t forget the setting sky is always reflected in any body of water.

There is nothing that can substitute for quality wall art in your home, especially when it comes to sunsets on canvas. Oil paintings hanging on the walls in your home or place of business create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and family members as they view them. Sunset paintings give warmth and charm to a room like no other work of art can. The vibrant colors instantly capture of the eye of anyone who happens to walk by. Sunset oil paintings also make wonderful gifts for a housewarming or grand opening for a business. Not only on those occasions, but for the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries too. Next time you need a great gift idea consider a sunset oil painting rather than a boring ol’ house plant.

If you are a collector of fine art, sunset paintings make great additions to your collection. Some famous artists like Claude Monet and Thomas Kinkade, to name a few, have painted some well known paintings of sunsets. Or if you prefer, up-and-coming new artists who are not as well-known also provide great works of sunset art to enjoy. There is simply something for everyone when it comes to enjoying beautiful artworks of the setting sun.

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Some Famous Places Around The World That Would Make A Great Sunset Painting

sunset reference photo
Texas sunset

Sunsets are beautiful and some places in the world are well-known for their specular evening skies. One reason sunsets are so popular is because the warmth and charm of all those brilliant rays of sunlight which capture people’s attention in a magic way. In the hands of a skilled artist, the setting sun in any one of these locations would make great sunset oil paintings. Places with wide open skies over the ocean or desert offers uninterrupted viewing of the setting sun. Still other landscapes offer contrast of dramatic peaks, landforms, and architecture to offset the evening’s brilliant colors.

From this list it’s easy to see why these particular places have become popular when you take an already picturesque setting and then flood it with the intense reds, yellows, purples, and blues cast by a sinking sun. If you are serious about wanting to capture the beauty of sunsets on canvas, here are some well-known places to check out that are famous for their sunsets. Painting on location or using a reference photo of these locations will assist you in creating spectacular sunsets on canvas.


lunar landscape painting on canvas“Moonset”
Space Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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Did your state, country, or location make the list? If not, and you feel it would make a lovely sunset painting, add it below in comments.

  • mexican sunset
    Acapulco, Mexico

    Acapulco, Mexico

  • Addick’s Reservoir, Houston, TX
  • Algarve, Portugal
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Austin, TX
  • Auvers, France
  • Ayers Rock, Australian Outback
  • Big Ben State Park, TX
  • Big Sur, CA
  • Broome, Western Australia
  • Bora-Bora, Tahiti
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Canals of Amsterdam
  • Cantabria, Spain
  • Capernaum, Israel
  • Copano Bay, Rockport, TX
  • Dolomites, Veneto, Italy
  • Dornbirn, Austria
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Ensign Peak, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Florence, Italy
  • Franklin Mountains, El Paso, TX
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Great Pyramids, Egypt
  • Grundarfjordur, Iceland
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Hartford, WI
  • Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Isle of Skye, Scotland
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Key West, FL
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Lake Annecy, French Alps
  • Lake Phelps, NC
  • Lofoten, Norway
  • Lonsdale, Australia
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • Maasai Mara, Kenya
  • Masai Mara, Kenya
  • Matterhorn, Switzerland
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Mount Bromo, Indonesia
  • Mount Haleakala, Hawaii
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
  • Namib-Naukluft Park, Africa
  • Old Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe, NM
  • Paris, France
  • Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Pfeiffer Beach, CA
  • Port Waikato, New Zealand
  • Puerto Galera, Philippines
  • Puglia, Italy
  • Queens Sound, Chicoteague, VA
  • Queensland, Australia
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Santorini, Greece
  • State of Alaska
  • State of Texas
  • Stonehenge, England
  • Sussex, UK
  • Tanah Lot Temple, Bali
  • The Florida Keys, USA
  • The Rocky Mountains, USA
  • The Serengeti, Tanzania
  • Uithuizermeeden, The Netherlands
  • Uluru, Australia
  • Vancouver Island, Canada
  • Venice, Italy
  • Wategos, Australia
  • West Devon, England
  • Wichita Falls, TX
  • Zermatt, Switzerland

Anyone who has ever visited one these places and witnessed the sun going down at the end of the day would love having a sunset painting as a reminder of good times spent there.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order. When you visit these places be sure to take your camera along to take lots of reference photos for your paintings. Once you get back to your studio you will have lots of fun as you immortalize your memories of these places on canvas wall art.

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If you know of place not on this list that would make a gorgeous sunset, please fill free to share it below.

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Oil Paintings of Texas Sunsets

tx sunset oil paintingOne of the most beautiful places in the world to capture a sunset in oil on canvas is Texas. Being a native Texan, of course I’m prejudice! The Lone Star State with its wide open prairies, cacti, ghost towns, old west culture and billowy clouds make a wonderful backdrop for some of the most breathtaking sunsets anywhere in the world. Artists, like me, who are fortunate enough to live here get to regularly enjoy countless opportunities to capture on canvas the setting sun in all its grandeur and splendor for our many sunset paintings. Those who don’t live here can delight in making trips to Texas to see the setting sun for themselves and take it back to their studios in the form of digital photos for many future paintings to come.

Texas cities can make a great sunset cityscape with the unique sky line each metropolis has to offer. Head to the Gulf of Mexico and artists can experience the sun going down on the beach or head out west for a more mountainous terrain and get a glimpse of the mountain peaks of Big Bend National Park as they silhouette them against an orange glowing sky.

Many artists love traveling here to capture the setting sun in all its splendor as it disappears below the horizon. Here are a couple reasons why:

  • A beautiful sunset helps the viewer to appreciate the finer gifts life has to offer. People are naturally drawn to a sunset and there are a few special places on earth where one can embrace a beautiful sunset. Texas just happens to be one of them.
  • A beautiful sunset helps to inspire you. There’s a reason sunsets are timeless and constant standbys of poets, writers, romantics, and artists — they are inspiring. There is something inherently powerful and spiritual about sunsets.

Some Quotes About Sunsets

“Peace… is seeing a sunset, and knowing Who to thank.” – Unknown

“The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than long things past.” – William Shakespeare

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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5 Tips on Choosing an Oil Painting for Your Home or Office

Are you looking for some oil paintings to adorn the walls in your home or corporate office? Before you head out the door to find that fabulous canvas art to accent your décor, there are a few things you will need to consider first.


Marine still life with boat fenders“Boat Fenders”
Marine Still life by Teresa Bernard
9″ x 12″
Oils on canvas panel board

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Tip #1. Size — The first thing that needs to be considered is the size of the space where your painting will be displayed. This can be done by taking measurements of the wall space or area. If it is a large area you will want a larger size painting, a smaller area requires a smaller one. This is an important step that should not be neglected. If you purchase a painting and it doesn’t fit in the space you will be unhappy with your selection. Too small and the painting look lost and out of place in the all that empty wall space. Too large and the painting will appear crowded in the space or won’t even fit the space at all. As such it is a good idea to measure your wall space before even setting out to look for a painting to buy.

Tip #2. Color — The color scheme in your home or office needs to be considered as well. Your painting should complement the colors in the room unless you are going for harsh contrasts. You might not be happy if the colors in your newly acquired painting doesn’t match your sofa but clashes with it instead. Also keep in mind that colors play an important role in setting moods. Choose calming colors, such as light blues and greens for bedrooms and areas where relaxation is important or deep. Bold colors work well in rooms and spaces where conversation and entertainment take place.

Tip #3. Style — The next thing to consider is the style of your décor. Is it contemporary, traditional, or a combination of both? Why not mix and match? Not everything in your home needs to match or be the same. Think about mixing up patterns, textures and even eras. If your home is an older home with traditional décor, a piece of modern art just might look great! And the same goes for a vintage style painting in a contemporary setting. Remember to have fun and at the end of the day, as long as you love it that’s all that matters.

Tip #4. Subject — Next, think about what types of subject matter interest you in a painting. Still life, landscapes, seascapes, or wildlife? Paintings of faraway places or local hangouts? People perhaps. Art can be great conversation starters between you and visitors. You can choose a painting that is different or makes a bold statement. It can be fun to see what type of reaction your family and visitors will have upon seeing the painting for the first time.

Tip #5. Purpose — Make sure you buy something you love. Take your time to decide what it is you like in a piece of art. What type of paintings are you naturally drawn to? Is it a particular style, artist or period? Browsing through galleries, museums, art books and websites will help you to decide. This will be necessary to know if you are considering on buying art as an investment. Keep in mind paintings will take a long to go up in value, so it is best to buy a painting because you love it rather than waiting for it be worth a lot of money someday.

Once you have something in mind you will be able to find just the right oil painting to suit your needs and bring years of enjoyment to you, your family and friends.

Additional Reading

For additional information on this subject see article titled Some Things To Consider When Buying Oil Paintings For Your Home.

10 Tips for Painting Mountains

mountain paintingMountains have always been appreciated for their majesty. Whether it is to paint them, climb them, hike them or simply gaze upon them, people are drawn to a mountain landscape. Their visual and inspiration splendor makes mountain scenes a very popular feature for artists to include in their landscape paintings. Mountains are also popular with art buyers. So much so that many top art galleries prefer to display oil paintings of landscapes featuring some very popular mountain ranges.


Holy Lands wall art“Sea of Galilee at Capernaum”
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas

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With so many mountain ranges in the world artists will never run out of subjects for their mountain landscapes. Some famous mountain ranges you might want to consider painting are:

  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Grand Tetons
  • Himalayas
  • Matterhorn
  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Smokey Mountains
  • Swiss Alps
  • and numerous others

Or you might just want to design a mountain range from your own imagination. There is no hard and fast rule that says it has to be an actual mountain that exists somewhere on earth. You could even paint a mountain range that is on some distant moon or planet. For example Olympus Mons, the highest mountain on Mars. Of course you would have to rely on reference photos for something like this.

See Land Rover Tracks of Mars as an example of an off world landscape with a mountain range made up from the artist’s imagination.

Things to Consider When Painting Mountains

Tip #1 — Pay special attention to the profile of the mountain or mountain range you are painting. Especially if it is one that is a recognizable landmark. Every mountain has a unique feature and specific shape to it. Those who view your painting will recognize the scenery and will want to buy your painting as a result because it has some special meaning for them.

Tips #2 — As you are sketching the mountain onto your canvas, consider making it the dominating feature to show off its majesty. This can easily be done by giving it the most space on the real estate of your canvas surface. This will entail having to reduce the size of the surrounding supporting elements such as the trees, lakes, sky, grass, wildlife, etc.

Tip #3 — As the distance between you and the mountain range increases, everything gets lighter in value. As the landscape hits the horizon line the color is less saturated as it disappears into the distance and becomes closer in value to the sky color.

Tip #4 — When painting mountains that are off in a distance be sure to employ the use of atmospheric or aerial perspective to create a sense of depth. A faraway mountain range will usually appear lighter, hazier and bluer as it gets further away.

Tip #5 —  The further away a mountain is, the less detail it will have. That means crevasses in the mountain side will become less defined and you probably will not see any trees either.

Tip #6 — Tone is very important when painting mountains. The mountain will be a pale tone near the top and will have a deeper tone at its base. This will help to give the mountain depth.

Tip #7 — As a general rule try to arrange the shape of your mountains so they slope into the picture and not out. This will help direct the viewers eye into the painting as they follow the outline of the mountain.

Tips #8 — Try to blur the outline of the furthest mountain into the sky. You can blur it more than you would initially think as the viewer will “create” the shape of the mountain in their mind’s eye.

Tips #9 — To create a sense of depth in your landscape painting, paint your mountain ranges in layers going from those that are the furthest away to those that are the closest. The mountains that are furthest away should be painted in first. They should be the lightest, haziest and possess the least amount of detail. Next add in another range of mountains closer to you. These would be placed in front of the first mountain range. They would be more intense in color and have a more details than the previous range, but not as much as the next range to be added. Continue doing this until you have all your mountains in place. By layering various additional elements in your paintings foreground will help to give distance and perspective to the mountain range in the background.

Tips #10 — Not all mountains resemble inverted cones, many are lopsided, pyramidal, or even flat on top. Some have snow caps, while others do not. Add interest to your mountains by varying its contour, texture and color.

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For The Love of Flower Oil Paintings

Many art connoisseurs love oil paintings of flowers because they make lovely and elegant additions to adorn the walls of their homes with. Floral paintings brighten up any room with their color and bring the great outdoors inside. It’s like having a flower garden right there inside your home to enjoy. Their buds and blossoms possess such beautiful for the eye to behold. Flowers are one of Gods great creations for man to enjoy and great way to do that is with flower wall art.


yellow rose flower painting“Yellow Rose of Texas”
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ x 18″
Oils on stretched canvas

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There is such a wide variety of flowers an artist can use to make wonderful paintings for your walls. Flowers such as roses, tulips, daisies, hibiscus, and magnolias, are all favorite types of flowers that are often used to make lovely paintings for the home and your family to enjoy. Floral canvas art can turn an otherwise drab, bare wall space into one that is filled with color and elegance. Flower art also takes a causal atmosphere in a room and makes it just a little more formal. As such many love to decorate their living rooms, dining rooms, studies, and bedrooms with floral art. Some even love having these paintings of flowers in their family rooms as well.

Now that it has been established why flower paintings make such great additions to your home’s interior décor let’s talk about where you can find great works of art picturing flowers.

Where to Buy Your Flower Oil Paintings

If you have ever gone to an art opening at a local gallery or art show, you have probably seen some amazing flower oil paintings. Maybe you even wondered where you can purchase such paintings for your very own to hang on those empty walls in your home or office. There are many places where you can acquire some floral art for your home. One place is to visit the art studio of a local artist. Floral art is very personal for the artist and no two flower paintings are alike. Where can you find flower wall art that is custom made just for you at an affordable price that will fit your budget? A good place to purchase such a painting is to buy directly from the artist. If you are lucky enough to find a new artist trying to find his/her place in the arena of fine art, you will find one who is eager to please and will do a good job for you. Not to mention the price will be more to your liking and easy on the wallet.


Red Rose painting“Tyler Rose”
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Another place to look for some floral canvas art is on the internet. There you can visit several art websites where artists showcase their works of art. You will be able to view several collections and compare different styles and paintings. While there you’ll be able to look through the paintings featured on each website and pick out something you like that is just right for your home. Best of all you won’t even have to leave your home to do this. By doing a simple search on “Google” using the keyword “flower oil painting” you will find any number websites of floral art that will suit both your taste and home decorating needs.

Be sure to visit this collection of flower oil paintings for sale.