Date: Fridays, October 21-November 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time/1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-8:00 PM London Time
Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate
The most effective color solutions in landscape painting do far more than replicate the colors found in the natural world or in our photos. To capture the qualities of color and light, painters also rely on a color strategy. We typically think of the strategy as only being about the relationships founds on the color wheel, such analogous, complementary, etc. In fact, a “complete” color strategy involves two other essential aspects of color — relative values and saturation levels. Working from photographs, and through a series of practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of contemporary colorists, you will learn how all three aspects of the color strategy work together to suggest mood, atmospheric effects, or a particular color of light. This class will also cover:• color grouping, a practice that helps maintain harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups • how to mix neutral colors and how they can be used to create color harmony • how to work with saturated colors • color temperature • how value affects color identity • the proper way to work with reference photos
Mitchell Albala is a highly respected painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He leads painting workshops in the U.S. and has offered plein air adventures in Italy. He is the author of two books: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), which has been the best selling landscape painting book in the nation for 10 years; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, 2021). Mitchell has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum, and written for “International Artist” and “Artists & Illustrators” magazines. He hosts a popular painting blog, which can be found at his website: mitchalbala.com.
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