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


At my 2011 exhibition at Lisa Harris Gallery, 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 — paint handling, composition, color strategies, and how to working from photos.

Parts 1 through 4 in HD video are 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 completely abandon traditional value relationships in favor of saturated colors, modulated primarily with subtle hue and temperature differences.

Watch Part 1 at YouTube

Watch Part 2 at YouTube

Watch Part 3 at YouTube

Watch Part 4 at YouTube

Additional Resources

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


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’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.


  1. Excellent! These videos should be required viewing for anyone about to pick up a paintbrush. You were clear, plain speaking, very informative and offered a special insight into what makes a successful painting. Thank you for being so generous. It’s been most helpful to me.

  2. These are great video lessons! Fun to hear about Mitchell’s process for his painting, and he is a natural teacher; wants to educate his audience. I agree how the shapes in a composition are most important!

  3. sal barracca on

    Hi Mitchell,
    Loved the video about you speaking about your mountain peak series. I feel you did capture the fox with all of them. beautiful sense of color and design. What really intriqued me was your cropping of the photo reference. I will now reevaluate my own photos to see what Ive been missing as far as creating better paintings.

    All the best,

  4. I am so glad I stumbled on these videos and your blog. They are a great way to clarify and focus what you share in your book. I believe that some of the questions I have been struggling with have their core in these lessons: perhaps I will now be able to move forward from my “stuck” place in solving them! Thank you for sharing your process and insight with us so generously.