The Landscape Painter's Workbook

Book description

The Landscape Painter’s Workbook takes a modern approach to thetime-honored techniques and essential elements of landscape painting, from accomplished artist, veteran art instructor, and established author Mitchell Albala.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. 1 Shape Interpretation
    1. A Reductionist Approach to Shape
    2. The Benefits of Simplification
    3. The Role of Value in Shape Interpretation
    4. Working with Value Zones
    5. Balancing Simplified Shapes and Detail with the 80/20 Rule
    6. Review Questions: Shape Interpretation
    7. Exercise: Simplify and Differentiate with Limited Values
    8. Exercise: Simplified Shape Painting
  6. 2 The Picture Window and its Format
    1. Limited Focus and the Picture Window
    2. Picture Formats and Directional Energy
    3. Review Questions: Picture Window and Its Format
    4. Exercise: One Subject, Different Formats
  7. 3 Composition in Action
    1. Variation: The Cardinal Rule of Composition
    2. Movement: Animating the Composition
    3. Active Negative Space
    4. Review Questions: Composition in Action
    5. Exercise: Cut Paper: Aspects of Variation
    6. Exercise: Mapping Pathways of Movement
  8. 4 Notan and the Compositional Study
    1. Defining Notan
    2. Building a Better Study: Notan Technique
    3. Notan Apps
    4. Review Questions: Notan and the Compositional Study
    5. Exercise: Orienting to Notan
    6. Exercise: Notan from Observation
  9. 5 Color Precepts, Color Paradoxes
    1. Reconciling the Differences Between Pigments and Natural Light
    2. Direct Observation vs. “Informed Modification”
    3. Convincing Color, Believable Color
  10. 6 The Complete Color Strategy
    1. Defining the Color Strategy
    2. Contrast: The Animating Force of the Color Strategy
    3. Aspect of Color Contrast: Hue Interactions
    4. Aspect of Color Contrast: Value
    5. Aspect of Color Contrast: Saturation
    6. Review Questions: The Complete Color Strategy
    7. Exercise: One Subject, Different Strategies
    8. Exercise: Color- and Value-Priority, Side by Side
  11. 7 Color Grouping
    1. Defining the Color Group
    2. Color Grouping in Action
    3. The Color Study: Testing Color Groups and the Strategy
    4. Review Questions: Color Grouping
    5. Exercise: Identifying Color Groups
  12. 8 Palette Strategies
    1. The Limited Palette
    2. The Targeted Palette
    3. The Split Primary Palette
    4. Two Roads to Neutrals
  13. Parting Thoughts: The Never-Ending Inquiry
  14. Resources
  15. Contributing Artists
  16. Acknowledgments
  17. About the Author
  18. Index
  19. Dedication
  20. Copyright

Product information

  • Title: The Landscape Painter's Workbook
  • Author(s): Mitchell Albala
  • Release date: November 2021
  • Publisher(s): Rockport Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780760371367