Mitchell Albala - Landscape Essentials: Smart Starts - The Power of Underpainting (Online); Friday, February 26, 2021

This demo/talk is part of our Technique Takeaway series.
Please note, the Technique Takeaways are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for 30 days.

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 2:00-3:30PM PST

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. Each one and a half hour presentation will showcase a different process that each of these artists incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.

Our Technique Takeaways are presented live via Zoom. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the instructor via the Zoom chat box and will have access to the recorded session for 30 days. You will receive a Zoom meeting link and passcode the day before the talk. To take part, you will need a camera enabled computer OR an IPad/smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.


We spend a great deal of effort finishing a painting, but the success of a painting hinges more on a well thought out start. In this lively 1-½ hour presentation and demonstration, Mitchell Albala will show you how a “smart start” can establish drawing, composition, value, and even general color direction at the outset. Mitchell will cover the traditional monochromatic underpainting and his own 2-color underpainting method, the color notan.  

Mitchell Albala’s teaching résumé includes 20 years at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, as well as Pacific Northwest Art School, Winslow Art Center, Dakota Art, and Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials. He has led painting adventures in Italy three times. Mitchell has lectured on landscape painting and Impressionism at the Seattle Art Museum and is the author of the best-selling book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice. He also hosts a popular painting blog which was awarded the #12 spot on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.

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