I just returned from a week of plein air painting in Northern Ontario so landscapes are very much on my mind. I hope you'll indulge me while I continue with this theme, as it's what currently is really inspiring my own creative efforts!
Many of the great mid-century illustrators had a real knack for painting landscapes, even if it was in service to an advertising campaign or incidental to the story they were illustrating.
One such artist whose work I've always truly admired was James R. Bingham. Here are a few examples of his prowess in painting landscapes. Set aside the subject or purpose of each of these images and just study these amazing landscape interpretations. In each case, you'll see how Bingham truly captured the setting in form, light and colour!