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


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

ARTIST’S TALK: Video Lesson: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 – Gallery Talk at Lisa Harris

Preview the paintings from this exhibit.ce

Mt. Shuksan in Sunlight, 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.

Additional Resources

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

Part 1: “In Sunlight” — Genesis of a Series

Part 2: “In Sunlight” — December Peak

Part 3: “In Sunlight” — Beyond Value


About Author

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 37,000 copies in print. Mitchell is also a popular workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials, and Arte Umbria in Italy. 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.

1 Comment

  1. I must say, you have achieved your goal. When this page opened, the painting appeared, for just a second, to be on fire. I’d say that’s the effect of brilliant glaring sunlight.

    Well done!