Wednesday, 6 January 2010

A new book about landscape painting

Making A Mark Reviews...... is the blog I now use for my book reviews. Today's post - Book Review: Landscape Painting concerns a new Watson Guptill book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala which publishes in the UK tomorrow

Here's a couple of short extracts from the review
Nothing in this book is 'rocket science'. I think I knew virtually all the content - either from books, instruction or experience - but what distinguishes this publication is that he gets it all down in one book! I've known other books which have been excellent at some of the topics covered by this book but very few which have come anywhere near its breadth and depth.

It's also a book which pulls off the neat trick of providing a comprehensive manual for the newcomer to landscape art while providing a refresher for the more experienced artists who will find it provides a useful recap of key concepts as well as tips and techniques.
You can read the review at Making A Mark Reviews - Book Review: Landscape Painting. I recommend it and this is why.
Summary review: This book will become a new classic manual of landscape art.

It takes the core concepts and skills required of those creating any type of representational art and interprets and relates how these apply and work within the context of landscape art. It's an in-depth guide produced by somebody who is an experienced educator. It's written and designed by somebody who is an excellent communicator. It deserves a place on the bookshelf of everybody who takes landscape art seriously - whether they paint plein air or in the studio, whether they are a student or an experienced artist and whether they are self-taught or are an artist who teaches landscape art.

Author / (Publisher) Mitchell Albala / Random House/Watson Guptill
Technical data: Publication Date: November 2009 (USA) / 7 January 2010 (UK)
Hardcover (with dust jacket) - 192 pages;
ISBN: 978-0-8230-3220-4 (0-8230-3220-5)
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