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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.
How we interpret color in plein air is very different from how we work with color in the studio.
Gessoing paper can be tricky: learn about the proper paper weight, textures, sizing and how to apply the gesso properly.
Safer and less intense alternatives to Phthalo — meet Azure, Mediterranean and Manganese.
A new painting demonstrates key lessons in color strategies, movement in composition, and working with photos.
While building a website yourself offers cost savings, it also come with serious drawbacks.
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.