Mitchell Albala – Building Harmony through Color Grouping: Lessons from “The Landscape Painter’s Workbook”(Online); Friday, January 19, 2024

Date: Friday, January 19, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30PM Pacific Time/5:00-6:30 PM Eastern Time/10:00-11:30 PM London Time
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.” 

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About Our Technique Takeaways: 

  • Discover specific art techniques you can ‘take away’  from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one-and-a-half hour presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration by the artists.
  • If you are unable to attend live over Zoom, you will have access to the recording for 60 days. Technique Takeaways are non-refundable.
  • Once you’ve signed up, you will receive the link to the page where you will find the Zoom link, class recording and other important information for this class. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the night before the class (don’t forget to check your junk folder).
  • You can also access the class by using the online class group. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 
  • To take part, you will need a Zoom enabled computer OR iPad/smart tablet OR smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.