Planet Earth has been an endless source of inspiration for artists throughout history. Whether it’s soaring mountains or sugary beaches, the planet has no shortage of breathtaking vistas to stir the imagination – and you’ll find plenty of them on Luxury Gold’s bespoke journeys. From the plains of South Africa to the Australian Outback and the Swiss Alps, here are 12 magnificent landscapes that never fail to stir the imagination of landscape artists.
When you explore these with Luxury Gold, you can even ask your Travel Concierge to arrange for you to do some art experiences while you’re immersed in these extraordinary landscapes. Whether through the lens of a camera or the bristles of a paintbrush, you can push your creativity and take your skills to new heights.
1. Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies’ towering mountain ranges, glittering glacial lakes, and vast open prairies offer dramatic scenes for artists. With majestic peaks, draped with the purest white snow and surrounded by sapphire-blue waters, the vistas are a dream to capture on canvas.
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2. South African savannah
Golden grasslands dotted with the dark silhouettes of acacia trees, teeming with diverse wildlife… The South African savannah offers an unparalleled opportunity for exploration through art. As you gaze over the ancient grasslands stretching out under the blazing sun, you’ll discover a unique array of colors and textures to stir your creativity.
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3. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Vietnam has no shortage of beaches and bays to stir the imagination – and Ha Long Bay is the queen of creative inspiration. This mystical landscape is defined by its ancient limestone karsts rising from the emerald waters. As you sail through the bay, you’ll discover golden beaches, secret coves, natural caves, verdant jungle, and floating fishing villages. The ever-changing light conditions make a dreamy subject for landscape artists.
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4. Australian Outback
Australia’s Red Center is a vast wilderness with a striking color palette. The stark contrast between the rich red soil, the vibrant blue skies, and the sparse greenery creates a captivating scene. You’ll also be inspired by iconic landmarks such as the rock monolith Uluru and the bewitching domes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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5. Vineyards and lavender fields of Provence, France
With symmetrical rows of lush grapevines and bright purple lavender stretching out over the rolling green hills, it’s no wonder Provence has inspired landscape artists for centuries. The beautiful landscapes are punctuated with rustic farmhouses and elegant castles, perfect for artists seeking to blend natural and man-made elements in their work.
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6. Peruvian Andes
The Andes are one of Mother Nature’s greatest wonders, and they’re sure to inspire your best work too when you see them in all their glory. In Peru, the Andes are marked by snow-capped mountains and valleys lined with glittering lakes. It’s also where you’ll find ancient Incan ruins, including the iconic Macchu Picchu. From the ever-changing cloud formations to the furry llamas you’ll meet along the way, the Peruvian Andes are awe-inspiring to all.
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7. Cherry blossoms in Japan
Every year from March to May, Japan explodes in a sea of pink and white cherry blossoms. You’ll see the blooms in dreamy settings everywhere, from ancient castles and temples to ornate Japanese gardens, and taking part in the “hanami” (flower viewing) tradition is a sure way to stir your artistic side. While the cherry blossoms make for an enchanting landscape, they also hold great cultural symbolism. As the flowers all bloom together at the top of trees and then suddenly disappear each season, the blossoms represent the fleeting nature of life and the beauty and mortality of life.
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8. Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps is one of the most sought-after destinations for landscape artists and for good reason. The region provides a stunning mix of snow-covered peaks, turquoise lakes, waterfalls and lush, green valleys. The contrast between the rugged mountain ranges, and the delicate alpine meadows and fairytale villages, offers artists a range of creative possibilities.
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9. Rio de Janeiro
If you like diversity in your landscape artwork, be sure to visit Rio de Janeiro. Here you have it all, from golden beaches to soaring mountains and lush jungles. You can find a new perspective every day, starting with the iconic sand and surf of Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Beach. Then ride the cable car up the mountains for unparalleled views over the city’s bays, beaches and Sugarloaf Mountain. With unique landmarks like the statue of Christ the Redeemer marking the skyline, you’re spoiled for artistic choice in Rio.
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10. Fiordland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Fiordland is where dramatic cliffs and towering Alps meet cascading waterfalls, moody clouds, and dense rainforests. It’s also where you can cruise the Milford Sound, where serene waters are surrounded by cliffsides dripping in waterfalls and forest. With such an overwhelming scale of natural beauty, this is a landscape artist’s paradise.
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11. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Diving under the ocean opens up a whole new world of artistic inspiration and the Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places to do it. You’ll first marvel at the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters above the water, but once you dive below the surface, you’ll discover an oasis of vibrant coral and extraordinary marine life. If you’ve got a keen eye for detail and colour, and love to work with unique lighting and watery landscapes, the Great Barrier Reef is perfect.
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