Simplifying a Scene

Landscapes and street scenes can be challenging subjects for beginners because they often involve many elements and details, such as people, buildings, greenery, and walkways. To make these subjects more approachable, apply some basic rules of simplification. Decide what you want the focus of the painting to be, and choose just a few other elements of interest. Don’t try to duplicate everything you see in a photo reference, as too many elements will make the painting busy and divert the viewer from your focal point. Here I simplify the image of a Mediterranean café by removing a number of distracting elements.

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