Video Lesson: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 – Gallery Talk at Lisa Harris

At my most recent exhibition at Lisa Harris Gallery (April 2011), I gave an hour-long talk on the “In Sunlight” series. This was a special opportunity for guests to get a “studio perspective” on the painter’s creative process — painting from photos, digital studies, paint handling, composition, and color.

Parts 1 through 4 in HD video are now available for viewing.
Part 1 covers the paintings Snow Rivers in Half Light and Pinnacle Peak, Last Light.
Part 2 covers the quartet of brilliant “yellow” paintings for which the series is named.
Part 3 covers the paintings Upper Ridge in Snow, Upper Ridge at Dusk, and White Space
Part 4 covers the paintings December Peak and Ascent, followed by a Q&A session

In the “In Sunlight” series I am experimenting with alternative ways to  capture the illusion of  natural light. In many paintings (discussed in Part 2), I almost completely abandon traditional value relationships in favor of saturated colors, modulated primarily with subtle hue and temperature differences. Read more about this series on this blog:

Part 1: In Sunlight — Genesis of a Series
Part 2: In Sunlight — “December Peak”
Part 3: In Sunlight — Beyond Value with “Border Peak”

Watch Part 1 at YouTube

Watch Part 2 at YouTube

Watch Part 3 at YouTube

Watch Part 4 at YouTube

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