Three Sisters, Blue Mountains (Atmospheric Perspective)

Paint the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene. - image ©2017 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
Explore Australian Tree Colours and Atmospheric Perspective as we paint one of Australia's most famous landmarks the Three Sisters, in the Blue Mountains on the western fringe of Sydney.

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About this painting

Paint the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene. - image ©2017 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
Photo by Peter Inglis

One of Australia's most famous landmarks, the Three Sisters are found at Leura in the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains are named such because the oil from the eucalyptus tree leaves imparts a blue haze to the air.

Here are just a few of the many versions I have painted of this scene, along the model of "iterative learning":

Paint the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene. - image ©2017 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
I painted this smaller version almost entirely with flat brushes.

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Atmospheric Perspective

Exploring Atmospheric Perspective in the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene. \o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Let's take a vertical section of this scene in order to more clearly see what nature does to colour.

Exploring Atmospheric Perspective in the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene. \o// Excerpt from the painting coaching at Inglis Academy - www.inglisacademy.com
Notice how the olive green becomes a blue green in the distance! Same trees, same day, different colour.

Australian Tree Colours

exploring atmospheric perspective with greys in the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene.
The colours in most Australian trees are cool green-grey. We will learn how to mix these colours from our Basic Palette.

Using Tones to create Planes

exploring atmospheric perspective with greys in the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene.
Three tones are enough to create planes in a landscape. In this student painting we can clearly discern:

  • Foreground
  • Midground
  • Background

Student Paintings

exploring atmospheric perspective with greys in the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene.
Student painting

Student painting of the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene -  www.inglisacademy.com
Therese's "Three Sisters" is looking very painterly in the light of her home studio!

Paint the famous 'Three Sisters', an iconic Australian scene - image ©2017 Peter Inglis - www.inglisacademy.com
Students at Inglis Academy engrossed in their painting of the 'Three sisters'.

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