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Landscape Painting : Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice - Mitchell Albala

Landscape Painting

Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice

Hardcover Published: 17th November 2009
ISBN: 9780823032204
Number Of Pages: 192

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Because nature is so expansive and complex, so varied in its range of light, landscape painters often have to look further and more deeply to find form and structure, value patterns, and an organized arrangement of shapes. In Landscape Painting, Mitchell Albala shares his concepts and practices for translating nature's grandeur, complexity, and color dynamics into convincing representations of space and light.

Concise, practical, and inspirational, Landscape Painting focuses on the greatest challenges for the landscape artist, such as:

- Simplification and Massing: Learn to reduce nature's complexity by looking beneath the surface of a subject to discover the form's basic masses and shapes.

- Color and Light: Explore color theory as it specifically applies to the landscape, and learn the various strategies painters use to capture the illusion of natural light.

- Selection and Composition: Learn to select wisely from nature's vast panorama. Albala shows you the essential cues to look for and how to find the most promising subject from a world of possibilities.

The lessons in "Landscape Painting"--based on observation rather than imitation and applicable to both plein air and studio practice--are accompanied by painting examples, demonstrations, photographs, and diagrams. Illustrations draw from the work of more than 40 contemporary artists and such masters of landscape painting as John Constable, Sanford Gifford, and Claude Monet.

Based on Albala's 25 years of experience and the proven methods taught at his successful plein air workshops, this in-depth guide to all aspects of landscape painting is a must-have for anyone getting started in the genre, as well as more experienced practitioners who want to hone their skills or learn new perspectives.

About the Author

Mitchell Albala received his fine art training at Queens College/City University of New York. For the past decade he has taught painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He has lectured on Impressionism at the Seattle Art Museum and has written about landscape painting in magazines. His work has been represented in group shows in numerous American cities.

great book, great guide to discover yourself as a painter


guided me to improve my artistic skills, great book, get it!


Comprehensive and informative


Well written and well organised information from an expert

Sydney, AU


Great read for plein air painters


I've referred to this book on several occasions to get answers to problems I've come up against and it's never disappointed. The artist may not be the most ground breaking in his work, however he has put forward a logical and easy to follow methodology for any painter for follow easily.

Melbourne Australia


A good book for an artists library


This book is a good resource for the anyone who is serious about landscape painting. Very well laid out with good examples and explanations. This book is a good read and a very good reference tool.

Wagga Wagga, NSW, AU


Landscape Painting

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ISBN: 9780823032204
ISBN-10: 0823032205
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th November 2009
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 23.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Number: 1

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