Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting
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 PaintingUser 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 PaintingUser Review - Marco Bucci - Goodreads
Ah, the five value planes. Thanks, John Carlson. Read full review
How to Approach Painting
The Mechanics of Painting
Angles and Consequent Values
DesignA Pattern of Differing Values
LightUnity of Tone and the Meeting of Edges
Aerial PerspectiveTransitions in Value and Color
ColorIts Emotional Value in Painting