Mitchell Albala - Landscape Essentials: Smarter Palettes for Smarter Color, November 14-15, 2020

Date: November 14-15, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Medium: Oil or acrylics
Level: All (some experience helpful)

Our palette is more than just a place to squeeze out our colors; it’s a reflection of how we think about color. Our palette strategy — what colors we choose, how we organize those colors, and how we develop our mixtures — has a direct effect on the outcome of the final painting. In this 2-day workshop, you’ll learn how smarter palette practices lead to more effective mixing and smarter color solutions. The practices are applicable to both indoor and outdoor work.

    • the benefits of limited palettes, and the difference between “fixed” and “targeted” limited palettes
    • how to build a palette with pigment colors “tuned” to the particular color strategy of the painting
    • an introduction to the “split-primaries” palette — a semi-limited all purpose palette for landscape painters
    • how to create color mixtures that correspond to the major and minor color chords the painting
    • how to organize colors on your palette to work faster and smarter

Mitchell Albala is the author of “Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice” (Watson-Guptill/Random House, 2009). He has been a respected and dedicated teaching artist for more than 25 years and currently teaches at Winslow Art Center, Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Art School, and in 2015, Arte Umbria in Italy. He has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators (UK) magazines. His atmospheric and semi-abstracted landscapes have been exhibited nationally and in Seattle. See his work at or visit his blog.

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