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A brief introduction to notan, a powerful type of study that explores the underlying foundation of a composition

Video Lesson: Notan – Exploring Shape and Composition

A brief introduction to notan, a powerful type of study that explores the underlying foundation of a composition

These five key steps, often overlooked by plein air painters, can increase your chances of success

“The Approach” – Five Essential Steps to Plein Air Painting

These five key steps, often overlooked by plein air painters, can increase your chances of success

Begins June 17, 2015. Includes seven nights, accommodations, meals, and 5-½ days of instruction.

Study Landscape Painting with Mitchell Albala in Umbria, Italy – June 2015

Begins June 17, 2015. Includes seven nights, accommodations, meals, and 5-½ days of instruction.

Reflections on the meaning behind the recent works.

Video: The “Acceptance” Series as Commentary on Human Consciousness

Reflections on the meaning behind the recent works.

Referencing photographs too closely can be hazardous to you work. Here are strategies to overcome the tyranny of the photo reference.

Using Photographs Like an Artist

Referencing photographs too closely can be hazardous to you work. Here are strategies to overcome the tyranny of the photo reference.

Introducing a new series — with a few strokes of philosophical commentary.

Azure and Asphalt Series with Commentary: Ownership of Style and the Meaning of Originality

Introducing a new series — with a few strokes of philosophical commentary.

The brilliance of a color does not occur independent of its value. With a “color-priority” system, Impressionists allowed colors to retain their intrinsic color identity.

The Affect of Value on Color Identity in Impressionist Painting

The brilliance of a color does not occur independent of its value. With a “color-priority” system, Impressionists allowed colors to retain their intrinsic color identity.

In plein air we attempt a form of direct translation. In the studio, we may recall our observations of nature, but are freer to be inventive with color.

Ways of Interpreting Color: In the Studio vs. Plein Air

In plein air we attempt a form of direct translation. In the studio, we may recall our observations of nature, but are freer to be inventive with color.

The unique attributes of fog make key lesson more obvious —  massing, value zones, edges and neutrals.

The Lessons of Fog: Massing, Values Zones, Edges and Neutrals

The unique attributes of fog make key lesson more obvious — massing, value zones, edges and neutrals.

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