Explore the process of converting a complex urban landscape into an “implied” landscape
Author Mitchell Albala
Mitchell Albala is a Seattle-based painter known for his semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes. His book, "Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice," is a national bestseller with nearly 40,000 copies in print. Mitchell is also a popular workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific Northwest Art School, and Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials. He led painting adventures in Italy in 2015 with Arte Umbria and in 2017 with Winslow Art Center. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. His popular painting blog, which serves as a companion to his book, was awarded #12 on feedspot.com’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.
In these light-filled paintings, atmospheric and abstract effects find a balance with the detailed urban landscape.
Photos, artwork, and impressions from my Italian adventure, including video.
Simplification, expressive brushwork, flattening the space, and saturated color can move a painting toward abstraction
Color studies are the best way to test a color strategy before starting a painting and to expand your expand your color vocabulary.
Two works with strong notan design make their public debut this November and December
A brief introduction to notan, a powerful type of study that explores the underlying foundation of a composition.
Four key steps, often overlooked by plein air painters, can increase your chances of success.
Recognizing the work of teaching artists, with a special presentations on notan.
Reflections on the “Acceptance” series as social commentary