Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice
ISBN: 0823032205
EAN13: 9780823032204
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 17, 2009
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 11.3" L x 9.4" W
Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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 Read More chevron_right

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5
   The Best Book for Landscape Painters
Not condescending or simplistic, the book makes you think about all things that should be considered to create an excellent painting without being a step-by-step instruction book. A selection of different artists'work is used to illustrate different points, which is more interesting to me than seeing an author's work alone. Open the book anywhere and there is that bit that you know and forgot at that time. The book is my years of learning, divided between two covers. It goes back on the shelf never.
 
5
   Very valuable for the artist who wants to create a personal vision of the natural world.
I am a beginning acrylic painter and this book focuses largely on oils, but I still found it quite useful. It demonstrates how to see the world as a painter and how to look at what a natural scene can become as a painting-whether realistic or abstract. Many of the techniques described will work in either oils or acrylics as long as one takes the differences in drying times of the two media into consideration. The book includes many beautiful examples in full color and provides step by step process photos in some cases.
 
5
   Fantastic book
I found this book to be a must read ''. It is a landscape painting approach, which is a direction I want to go in. I read this book parallel to Bob Rohm's '', and found that the two books go hand in hand.
 
5
   What a great little book, very inspirational!
I really liked this book, professional and very inspirational. Great examples of landscape painting... easy to follow. and has very good insights on quite a few technics. Plein Air.. Painting.. great stuff! Ready Set and Go ''.
 
4
   A really well-organized, informational book on landscape painting. ...
He follows in the steps of my book of all-time landscape painting by John F. Carlson.
 
4
   Top quality Book and service
Fast delivery and book was in new condition even though purchased. The book provides full coverage on landscape painting from philosophies through finish, from underpainting to layering with brushwork demonstrations for both plein air and studio.
 
5
   Great for all skill levels
I really like this book ''. I have been painting for 15+ years so that I am no beginner, but I still found a lot of useful information. The book felt very comprehensive in general. After reading this, I noticed a jump in the quality of my paintings. I am now asking myself questions that I wasn 't before, which helps my overall composition.
 
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   OIL PAINTERS ONLY
This is for the OIL PAINTERS. I thought there would be information in the book that would work with water, but there isn 't.
 
5
   Landscape artists will learn from this book.
While this book is mainly for oil, acrylic and pastel artists, the principles, ideas and artistic insights are also applicable to watercolorists. Albala strategically combines beautiful conceptual ideas with key artistic material from his own work and that of selected other artists. Painting expressive and compelling landscapes requires a range of artistic and technical skills. Abala helps the landscape artist - beginner or advanced - develop the conceptual framework for successful landscape painting. In addition to my own copy, I have given a copy to an artist colleague, who also has high praise for this well written book.
 
5
   Excellent training for landscape painting.
I studied art at a real technical college with excellent teachers, but never received the private training that this book contains. It is an excellent book that I would highly recommend and I only have it in chapter three! The author does an excellent job by covering both the technical and inspirational aspects of landscape painting. I wish I had received this training in college.
 
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