Landscape Painting Overview
After nearly three years in print, "Landscape Painting" is now in its fourth printing. It is a top 10 seller at publisher Watson-Guptill and has been on Bookscan's list of a top 50 selling art books. It is the #1 selling landscape book at Amazon.com (where reader reviews give it a 5-star rating). The book has received excellent reviews and has been called “a new classic of landscape art.” It graces the bookshelves at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery, Seattle Art Museum and The Frye Art Museum.
Landscape Painting is a comprehensive, genre-specific guide that focuses on the greatest challenges facing the landscape painter:
Simplification and Massing: Learn to reduce nature's complexity by looking beneath the surface of a subject to discover the form's basic masses and shapes.
Color and Light: Explore color theory as it specifically applies to landscape painting and learn the various strategies painters use to capture the illusion of natural light.
Selection and Composition: Learn how to compose with a limited focus and how to find the essential cues necessary to build an illusion of depth within your paintings.
The book's essential lessons are drawn from the author's 25 years of landscape painting experience and methods proven successful in his workshops held over the past twelve years at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. The book is richly illustrated with 230 diagrams, photographs, step-by-step demonstrations, and over 40 contemporary and classic paintings. Clearly written, practical, and inspirational this book is a serious companion for anyone getting started in the genre, as well as instructors or more experienced painters who want to improve their skills and explore new perspectives.
Praise for Landscape Painting
ArtBookReviews.net writes, "If you're a landscape painter and you want a book that takes you as seriously as you take your subject, look no further." Katherine Tyrell at makingamark.blogspot.com writes, "Albala is a great communicator and makes the essential concepts and approaches accessible while avoiding the sort of ‘dumbing down’ which afflicts too many art instruction books these days. It was obvious to me that the text has been developed and honed and edited and refined until it's the best it can be."
One Amazon reviewer, “Inky Thumb”, writes, “This book is a blessing for the beginning, intermediate, and even advanced painter. It is thoughtful and considered. The writing style is one reason I enjoy turning to it for guidance — Albala wastes no words relating essential information, while imparting a calm, pointed knowledge. I am sure to re-read this book many times."