Many people would say you create depth using atmospheric or aerial perspective. But the word “perspective” tends to send chills down the spine of many a budding artist. But I think aerial perspective is only one method of adding depth. And it’s not really all that scary, honestly.
There are actually six different things you can do to create depth in a painting.
- Vary your planes. And no, I don’t mean planes of the 747 style. Make your foreground, middle ground, and background distinct and separate. While this division of planes isn’t always possible in compositions with a short visual range, it works well with longer range vistas.
This one also has a very distinct foreground (the pond and birds), a middle ground (the grassy hill and trees) and a background (the hazy mountains).
To be continued.....