Mitchell Albala – Building Harmony through Color Grouping: Lessons from “The Landscape Painter’s Workbook” (Online Class Recording)

Date recorded: Friday, January 19, 2024
Medium: All

The myriad colors we observe in the natural world never fail to be convincing. But in the synthetic world of our two-dimensional paintings, how do we maintain that same sense of color harmony and cohesion? In this special Technique Takeaway, best-selling author and award-winning landscape painter Mitchell Albala explores “color grouping,” one of the key lessons from his newest book. Color grouping is a way of maintaining harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups or families. Derived from the natural world, color grouping is a simple practice that, when applied to our color strategy and palette, becomes a very direct way of building unified light and color in our paintings. In this session, Mitchell will demonstrate how color grouping works and how you can begin applying it in your own work.

  • How subjects are evaluated in terms of color grouping
  • How color groups relate in terms of hue interactions, value, and saturation levels
  • How color groups are organized into major and minor color chords
  • How to create simple “swatch” studies of your color groups
  • How to “target” your palette to support color grouping


Mitchell Albala is an award-winning landscape painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He is the author of two best-selling books on landscape painting: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), with over 60,000 copies in print; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color(Rockport Publishers, 2022), which is currently the #1 selling book on landscape in the nation. Mitchell leads plein air workshops in Italy and teaches workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and has written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. Mitchell also hosts a popular painting blog, which is among’s “Top 100 Painting Blogs for Artists.” 

$40.00 for 2 months

About Our Past Technique Takeaways:

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

You’ll be able to watch the class recording as many times as you would like for two months (for example, for a purchase on March 4th at noon, the recording would be available until May 4th at noon). There are no ongoing charges.

A link to the recording will be included in your on-screen purchase confirmation, in your purchase confirmation email and on your Online Classrooms page.

(There is no Zoom link for this event because it has already taken place).

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