Research some historic and contemporary artists who work in series with the landscape. You may already be familiar with works by Monet, Cézanne and David Hockney. Look also at work by Peter Doig, John Virtue and other younger artists working today. For example, see Nicholas Herbert’s series of drawings of the Chiltern Hills at: http://nicholasherbert.wordpress.com/tag/contemporary-landscape-drawing/
Monet (1840–1926) produced a number of series of paintings, focusing on his interest in variations in light and feel of a single view. His approach to these studies were the result of careful thought and analysis. His Water Lilies Series depict a scene from a French pond in his garden in Giverney, with light reflecting on the water. Monet actually planted the lilies himself, and later erected a bridge to complete the scene. I visited Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris a few months ago, where some of his water lilies oil paintings are exhibited (spanning a total of 5.5ft x 298.5ft.) Four huge canvases in one room show the scene at dusk and 4 canvases in another depict sunrise. This series consists of about 250 paintings exhibited in major museums worldwide.
Another series of works by Monet includes the Haystacks/ Wheatstacks. I visited the Art Institute in Chicago a while ago where I was struck by the beauty of the six pictures exhibited there. The series consists of 25 canvases painted in a period from the end summer to the following spring, showing variations in light at differing times of day, season and weather.
Monet, Wheatstacks (Sunset, Snow Effect), 1890-91. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago.
Monet, Wheatstacks (end of summer) 1890-91.Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago.
Paul Cezanne painted over 60 views of Mont Sainte- Victoire (Near Aix-en-Provence) in 1880s-1906. He was to greatly influence the development of modern art, and as he moved into post- impressionism. He wrote:
“Treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything brought into proper perspective”.
He sought tor reveal the inner geometry of nature. He was capable of moving beyond the complexity of a view into geometrical simplicity.
Peter Doig Concrete Cabin 1994 Oil on Canvas198 x 275cm
Landscape No 624 1999-2000 John Virtue born 1947 Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 2002 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T07915 Acrylic paint, ink and shellac on 4 canvases3665 x 2667 x 25 mm http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/virtue-landscape-no-624-t07915