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Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice Hardcover – Illustrated, 17 November 2009
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Mitchell Albala received his fine art training at Queens College/City University of New York. For the past decade he has taught painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He has lectured on Impressionism at the Seattle Art Museum and has written about landscape painting in magazines. His work has been represented in group shows in numerous American cities.
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Richard St Boswells
Fabulous bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2021
This is a very technical book written from an artist's perspective. It covers everything you need to know about landscape and painting in general. It has excellent explanations of why you should do things in a certain way and in such a way that is easy to follow. Technicalities are explained clearly and it is a pleasure to read. If you have never picked up a paintbrush you might find this hard going at first, but it is full of advice for the recently started and enthusiastic, like me. Thoroughly recommended and don't hesitate to add it to your art book library. The examples and pictures are first class. The bibliography at the back is also particularly useful.
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Complete wasteReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2020
I don’t know how the book has any positive review. It’s w complete waste, giving no painting techniques or landscape pictures and how to compose them. Instead talks abt random stuff like needing a camera and appropriate lighting. Really disappointed and a waste of money.
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Mr. P. F. Harrison
Landscape painting by Mitchell AlbalaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2016
This is a conscientiously executed piece of work, not unlike one of the author's paintings. He has scrupulously attempted to describe an underlying logic to creating landscape paintings, based largely on his own extensive experience. Any beginner could learn a lot from the book, particularly in practical terms: equipment needed, how to use it to best effect, how to plan a painting, advantages/disadvantages of outdoor/indoor working. Many examples of work by the author's peers help to illuminate the points he makes, and provide the reader with lots of stylistic approaches that will certainly help to inspire her/him.
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InspirationalReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2012
I have not yet received my copy from the seller but have a library copy which I'm reading for the third time. This is an excellent book for oil painter's at any level. The author is one of those few writers who can write in an inspirational and motivational way so that every page has something new to offer and this can be of a practical or theoretical nature. In other words, what the author has to say is not purely instructional but gives plenty of food for thought and will stay with you long after you have read the book. Both the text and the illustrations are first class. Well worth buying and good value for money!
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SO much wisdom at so little costReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2012
I have many (many, many) books of art instruction. This is among the best of them. It's simply laid out, points are well illustrated, and its scope really goes well beyond landscape painting. Of course there will be crossover with some other books as the vital information doesn't change, but this covers all the bases better than anything I've seen before.
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