Landscape painting isn't for everyone, so after posting last night's wild landscape as recommended by 'Big Picture' presenter Hamish Keith, I figured it's time to explain very briefly how one finds values in landscape paintings -- or, more accurately, allow painter Michael Newberry do the job for me.
These two landscapes from two different centuries and with two very different world views are chosen by Newberry to explain the point. The important question to start with is this: "Imagine that you are really in each of these places -- do you think this would be a good place to be? Are these roads or paths likely to happiness on earth?" As you can see, each artist has very different answers to these fundamental questions. Further questions and answers here at Newberry's site.
Art: there's more to it than meets the eye.