- Age Range: 10 and up
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (November 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823032205
- ISBN-13: 978-0823032204
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 186 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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About the Author
MITCHELL ALBALA teaches landscape painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. A respected and dedicated teaching artist for more than 20 years, he is best known for his atmospheric and semiabstract landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He has lectured on impressionism at the Seattle Art Museum, has written about landscape painting for American Artist magazine, and hosts an educational website at mitchellalbala.com. He has exhibited nationally and is represented by the Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle
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Using artwork examples by many different artists to highlight the concept or technique being discussed is much better than if the author had tried to "fit" something of his own or created something simply to illustrate the point being made. Excellent quotes from many artists and creative thinkers, as well as the author's insightful margin notes, are helpful and inspiring.
The chapter on working with photographs and using digital effects as a tool for creating better paintings is refreshing. However, the book also acknowledges that photos and the computer are not replacements for painting outdoors, directly from nature, but provide a way to learn and grow as an artist using the tools currently available.
The chapter on abstracting nature will be helpful to anyone who has yet to try pushing their paintings in this direction.
One thing that would have made the book even better would have been to include more painting exercises, like the three on massing. However, this is a minor point. There is enough information for painters at any skill level, beginner to advanced, to study and then try out on their own.
The illustrations alone make this book worth buying. Each one beautifully illustrates a point made in the text but they are all lovely and inspires one to go out and paint.
The book has a lot to say to anyone trying to move away from strict representation and toward looser, more open painting. It includes a great chapter on abstracting nature which has been particularly useful to me. And Albala's several sections on color are also insightful, clearly presented and valuable.
Finally, Albala has included in his book not only a number of his own landscape/skyscape/waterscape paintings as illustrations, but has put in even more paintings by other, mostly contemporary, painters that serve as wonderful examples of the techniques and concepts that he's writing about. Generously, he has included web contacts for all of these artists among the book's several indexes.
Great book that will get a lot of use from this reader.