Over the years and after hundreds of sales, I can safely say that when I’ve sold my art to a married couple, it’s been my experience that mostly women are the ones who decide which painting to purchase, and most husbands follow along. Some of the most popular subjects are rustic buildings with flowers. Pet portraits are also best sellers, but for this blog I will zero in on landscape paintings. But this is just my reflection–there’s more to making art that sells, and that includes establishing a certain mood in the landscape painting, for all viewers, regardless of gender.
Carmel Mission, located in the town of Carmel, CA, is a wonderful setting with the flowers surrounding it.
What will also help you sell your art establishing a mood that shows the viewer an uncommon scenario, one he doesn’t see several hours during the day. The late Thomas Kinkade knew this all too well. It isn’t easy for viewers to get excited with small paintings that show the average day time scene. I travel and do live demos in front of dozens of artists.
I mostly depict scenes that will show twilight, sunsets, pink skies, foggy scenes and nocturnes. Here are some landscape paintings with examples of established moods.
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Fog is a very reliable tool to create the illusion of depth. Do you feel you can walk deeper and deeper into the woods?
This early morning scene takes place in Rockport, MA. It’s in an overall warm scenario. Most viewers appreciate paintings with predominantly warm colors. Of these warm colors, orange and red-orange are the most favored. Because this type of sky does not last long, you can say it’s an “out of ordinary” appearance. The lights make the homes very inviting.
This twilight winter rendering, where the sun is just about to set, results in several warm colors glowing. The lavenders help bring relief to the warm colors. Take into account that a painting can be too warm, as well as too cool. The goal is to balance these two opposing color temperatures just right. Only one temperature should be predominant.
The sky dictates the mood as well as the overall colors. When I added the highlights on the rocks I used the same colors as in the sky, just in a different value.
Nocturne scenes are definitely considered as painting with moods. Because of the dark environment lots of details are left out so the viewer interacts with his imagination.
How about adding some sun rays for a spiritual touch?
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