The Landscape Painter's Workbook
Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color
by Mitchell Albala
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Pub Date 25 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 30 Dec 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Rockport Publishing, Rockport Publishers
The Landscape Painter’s Workbook is the definitive hands-on guide to the time-honored techniques and essential elements of landscape painting.
Written by celebrated landscape artist, instructor, and author Mitchell Albala, this richly informative and beautifully illustrated volume leads you step by step through his approach to the genre, from establishing a composition using basic shapes to applying time-tested color strategies, with all-new lessons, practical exercises, and special topics, including:
- The Complete Color Strategy. What are the three aspects of color contrast that guide a painting’s strategy?
- Notan. Explore this special type of compositional study, which identifies the underlying shapes and patterns of a composition.
- Picture Formats. How does the picture format—horizontal, vertical, or square—affect the composition? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Color Grouping. A full chapter details this special practice, which helps maintain harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups.
- Composition. An in-depth review of variation, movement, and active negative space, with illustrations that diagram the action in each example.
- Workshop Exercises. Instead of demonstrations that show how the author paints, The Landscape Painter’s Workbook includes 10 skill-building workshop exercises to help you work through essential lessons on your own.
With examples of work by 45 contemporary landscape painters—more than 80 paintings in all—in oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor, the lessons are suitable for all mediums. Each painting is thoroughly analyzed in terms of shape, composition, or color, with supporting diagrams, thumbnails, and photographs.
The Landscape Painter’s Workbook inspires and informs all artists, from aspiring to accomplished, on how to successfully portray the majesty and subtlety of the natural world.
The For Artists series expertly guides and instructs artists at all skill levels who want to develop their classical drawing and painting skills and create realistic and representational art.
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The Landscape Painter's Workbook is a technique book aimed at the intermediate to more advanced artist. It is full of illustrated studies and exercises on a variety of more in depth techniques such as establishing a composition and applying colour strategies. It encourages you to study underlying shapes and patterns of a composition and its overall format. A really interesting and useful guide brimming with information that will help you produce better pictures.
The Landscape Painter’s Workbook is jam packed with techniques, theory, master studies and exercises. I’d place this into the advance category. Beginners without any knowledge or background will have a hard time and I wouldn’t recommend it for them. I especially loved the focus on reductionism and I learned a lot about notans and how to improve my compositions.
I can highly recommend this for advanced artists!
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! If I could give this book more than five stars I would. The author Mitchell Albala has succeeded in explaining in great detail, and illustrating, through wonderful examples and exercises what is a very complex subject. This is a fabulous, almost encyclopaedic book, for landscape artists of all skill levels. Highly recommended and it is now on my wish list. I’m sure it will become a coffee table favourite as well.
Wonderful. It has lots of information. It is a collective book with all techniques for improving painting landscapes. Each chapter is dedicated to a topic to keep in mind and provides good explanation with reference paintings. Beginners can understand how masters think. It has good exercises with steps for understanding and practicing the topic discussed. A must have for a true landscape artist irrespective of the medium. But may be complicated for true beginners.
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