The landscape is unique among subject matter - in its grandeur, complexity and colour dynamics. The landscape painter is continually challenged to find ways of translating these qualities into a convincing representation of space and light. This is a concise, practical guide to landscape theory and practice. It is designed to assist in working with what are the greatest challenges for the landscape artist, most notably simplifying complex material, selecting strong compositions and translating colour and light. Lessons are based on observation rather than imitation and applicable to both plein air and studio practice. The book is illustrated with the work of many notable landscape artists, each with a different style, in order to provide the reader greater inspiration.
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.