Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

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Courier Dover Publications, 1973 - Art - 144 pages
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Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's most noted museums, this book is known as one of the art students' most helpful guides. It provides a wealth of advice on the choice of subject; it tells what to look for and aim for, and explains the mysteries of color, and atmospheric conditions and other phenomena to be found in nature.

Through his profound understanding of the physical nature of landscapes and his highly developed artistic sense, John Carlson is able to explain both the whys and the hows of the various aspects of landscape painting. Among the subjects covered are angles and consequent values (an insightful concept necessary for strong overall unity of design), aerial and linear perspective, the painting of trees, the emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, choice of subject and memory work. In the beginning chapters, the author tells how to make the best of canvas, palette, colors, brushes and other materials and gives valuable advice about texture, glazing, varnishing, bleaching, retouching and framing. Thirty-four reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text.

  

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Review: Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

User Review  - Chris Griffith - Goodreads

The most technical book I've read yet on landscape paintings. Would have been a real treasure if pictures would have been in color. I suspect I'll revisit this book again soon. Lots of good info. Read full review

Review: Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

User Review  - Marco Bucci - Goodreads

Ah, the five value planes. Thanks, John Carlson. Read full review

Contents

How to Approach Painting
9
The Mechanics of Painting
17
Angles and Consequent Values
33
DesignA Pattern of Differing Values
47
LightUnity of Tone and the Meeting of Edges
53
Aerial PerspectiveTransitions in Value and Color
63
Linear Perspective
75
ColorIts Emotional Value in Painting
85
TreesHow to Understand Them
95
CloudsHow They Float
106
CompositionThe Expressive Properties of Line and Mass
115
The Main Line and Theme
127
The Extraordinary and Bizarre
132
Painting from Memory
137
Index
142
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