“In Sunlight” on Exhibit at Lisa Harris, April 2011

December Peak, 2010, oil on paper, 10 x 10 inches

IN SUNLIGHT

New works by Mitchell Albala
April 7 – May 1, 2011
Opening Reception: April 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101
206.443.3315 • staff@lisaharrisgallery.com

Artist’s Talk: Tuesday April 19,  7 pm. In this hour-long presentation, I’ll talk about my creative process and the challenges of the “In Sunlight” series. Plus, I’ll show studies and source photos of the subjects that inspired the paintings.

Preview all the paintings in the exhibit.
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Mt. Shuksan in Sunlight, 2010, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches

As in my previous three exhibits at Lisa Harris Gallery, this latest collection of work continues to explore the natural world through abstract patterns and rich atmospheres. But in this new series, which I call “In Sunlight,” I am experimenting with alternative ways to  capture the illusion of  natural light. In many paintings, traditional value relationships (light and dark) are almost completely abandoned in favor of saturated colors, modulated primarily with subtle hue and temperature differences. My goal was to create works that not only represent daylight, but appear to glow with the brilliance of glaring sun.

Read more about the “In Sunlight” series on this blog:
Part 1: “In Sunlight” — Genesis of a Series
Part 2: “In Sunlight” — December Peak
Part 3: “In Sunlight” — Beyond Value

About Mitchell Albala

Mitchell Albala is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). Now in its fifth printing, it has sold over 25,000 copies and has been called a "new classic of landscape." A respected teaching artist for more than 25 years, he currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art and Pacific Northwest Art School. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artist & Illustrators magazines. He is represented by Lisa Harris Gallery. See his paintings at mitchalbala.com.