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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Reprint edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082303576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823035762
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you buy only one book on landscape painting, this is the one to have.
tliedesbell@wyld.state.wy.us
The book is well-written, enjoyable to read, and I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in landscape painting.
Desert Dweller
Kessler lays out the basics well and provides good solid information for constructing good landscape painting.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had the honor of taking a workshop from Margaret Kessler in Joseph, Oregon. My eyes were opened to color as never before in my painting career. I purchased two books because I 'used' my first one until it was almost unreadable and I didn't want to be without. I teach painting and find her instructions so easy to pass to my students and easy to see when they finally 'get it'. As someone else said, if you get the book, don't loan it because you won't get it back. It is the best book to learn from, in my opinion. I only wish that she would do another book.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Desert Dweller on April 24, 1999
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This book is the best I've found for landscape painting. Kessler goes through all the important aspects of good painting including sound composition, depth and atmospheric perspective, color and mood, and many others. Just as importantly, I found the numerous paintings included in the book to be very inspirational. The book is well-written, enjoyable to read, and I would highly recommend for anyone who is interested in landscape painting.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. Imhoff on August 14, 1999
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I bought this book about 10 years ago and although I have dozens more on landscaping, none can compare with Ms. Kesslers style, colors and textures. I had the privilege of participating in one of Ms. Kessler's seminars at Pocono Pines Pennsylvania several years ago--what a treat! I wish she would write another book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By tliedesbell@wyld.state.wy.us on September 23, 1997
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If you buy only one book on landscape painting, this is the one to have. It's a must have for the oil painter. From planning to gallery, Ms. Kessler's book is put together well and is thorough. This book will not sit on your shelf at home collecting dust. Soon, it will show signs of wear as you use it to help you render dept, tone, atmosphere, value, and color. A word of caution: Don't lend it to your friends, you'll never get it back!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Martonick on August 9, 2005
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I have been painting for years and a friend recommended this book to me. It has served a great source for understanding the particulars of landscape painting in oils. I ended up buying it for another friend of mine. I provides an excellent underlying approach to painting. Would recommend it to anyone beginning in landscape painting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on January 31, 2006
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A very good explanation of design components for landscapes, i.e., what canvas sizes mean, how to set up the composition, nature's colors, etc. She has a "formula", which makes her paintings all look very similar, but the information she reveals is worth the read. I have referred to it again and again, for ideas and help. The only criticism is of her work itself - I found it boring, constantly repeating themes and subjects and styles. But aside from that, it is a great resource, especially for a rookie, who hasn't yet gotten their act together..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By carolinasofinah on January 18, 2013
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I received this book as a gift. Based on reviews I read, I requested it. I am disappointed. It is the usual basics, covering the usual of composition, center of interest, perspective, atmosphere, color harmony, da da etc. I actually think I might have gotten more out of it, if the paintings depicted weren't so distracting. I found them boring, mostly of the same color palette of yellows, oranges, burnt umbers with a little green here and there. Every tree looked the same and with the exception of a barn, a few birds or corn rows, everything was interchangeable.

Unless you're a beginner, I don't recommend this book. There are many other more recent books that offer SO much more...for instance Color And Light by James Gurney. Now there's a five star book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Pardee on April 14, 2010
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There are many books that talk about composition, but Margaret Kessler goes one step further. She explains how lines and compositional movement, as well as the SPEED of the movement affect your viewer. She puts you in control as an artist by teaching you how to guide the viewer to see what YOU want the viewer to see, and at what speed YOU want him to see it. This is just one chapter of many that are informative, easy to comprehend, and well written. I love the way she doesn't just use terms, she uses painted lines to emphasize her point of view. Her chapter on things to avoid had me running around my house looking at my paintings hoping that I hadn't made any of the fatal errors. When I buy clothing, I remember what I saw on the television show, "What NOT to wear". From now on whenever I paint I will think of her chapter on WHAT TO AVOID. Excellent book. Beautiful color plates of her paintings. High quality paper and print.
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