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Author Mitchell Albala
Mitchell Albala is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). A best-seller with over 35,000 copies in print, it has been called the "new classic of landscape." A respected teaching artist for more than 25 years, Mitchell currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, and Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines.
A gold ground offers a unique color “metaphor,” with paintings by the author and reviews of gold gesso and paint.
In the field, the plein air painter needs to be able to extract essential cues from an otherwise boring composition.
Progress photos and details from each phase demonstrate the four essential steps of landscape.
The tried and true “expanded primaries” palette offers a cool and warm variety of each primary.
A revision made three years after the finish shows that “a painting answers only to itself.”
An Italian Painting Adventure with Mitchell Albala and Winslow Art Center, September 15–22, 2017.
Answers to questions about urban landscape, composition, harmony, and painting sunlight.
Learn how the underpainting color can help support the color direction.
Neutral colors don’t shout as loudly as bright colors, but they are very capable of building harmonious color relationships.