The whys and hows of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, aerial and linear perspective, painting of trees, emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, plus information on canvas, palette, brushes, more. 34 black-and-white reproducti... read more
Essentials of Landscape Composition by Leonard Richmond In this step-by-step introduction to composition, the author offers effective exercises to teach budding artists simple drawing techniques, using a brush to create landscape elements from clouds and trees to castles and cottages.
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed Stimulating, informative guide by noted teacher covers painting technique, painting from life, materials — paints, varnishes, oils and mediums, grounds, etc. — a painter's training, more. 64 photos. 5 line drawings.
Drawing and Painting Trees by Adrian Hill This classic guide by noted British painter Adrian Hill starts with a brief history of tree painting and advances to general principles, color choices, and techniques. Its 150 illustrations include 7 in full color.
Painting Surf and Sea by Harry R. Ballinger Profusely illustrated and easy to follow, this book combines basics of composition and color mixing with simple methods for painting ocean waves and shores. 12 color and 85 black-and-white illustrations.
Basic Drawing by Louis Priscilla Beginning with perspective, this commonsense manual progresses to the figure in movement, light and shade, anatomy, drapery, composition, trees and landscape, and outdoor sketching. Black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Painting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor by Ted Kautzky Comprehensive advice on painting landscape components such as plant life, puddles, rain, and fog. Includes composition, value arrangement, balance, rhythm, pattern, and the structure of trees. 127 illustrations. 16 pages in full color.
Eric Sloane's America: Paintings in Oil by Michael Wigley, Mimi Sloane Eric Sloane's evocative oils of America's landscape and material culture shimmer with immense historical and nostalgic appeal. This original hardcover collection gathers nearly a hundred of his finest paintings, with subjects ranging from New England to the American Southwest.
Skies and the Artist: How to Draw Clouds and Sunsets by Eric Sloane Sloane's "talk on clouds" describes different types of "cloudscapes" and offers homespun techniques that help add texture and realism to cloud illustrations. 110 black-and-white illustrations.
Our Vanishing Landscape by Eric Sloane Charming anecdotes about a bygone era describe networks of canals, corduroy roads, and turnpikes; waterwheels and icehouses; colorful road signs and their painters; circus folk; and more. 81 black-and-white illustrations.
The Painter in Oil by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst A wealth of insights for amateurs and professionals encompasses materials, principles, and applications. Topics include canvases, easels, brushes, paints, drawing, perspective, light, shade, still life, portraits, and landscapes. 64 illustrations.
Landscape Drawing in Pencil by Frank M. Rines Concise and beautifully illustrated, this guide covers the basics of holding the pencil, applying different strokes, shading, perspective, and the rendering of different materials, as well as composition and drawing from nature. 36 illustrations.
Marine Painter's Guide by Jack Coggins Invaluable instruction from an expert on portraying everything from docks and fishing villages to ships and a rocky coastline. Useful tips on perspective and reflections are accompanied by diagrams and drawings. 127 black-and-white illustrations; 11 in full color.
Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting by Edgar A. Whitney Brilliant guide by renowned artist tells all, from basics to creating masterful landscapes, portraits, and figures. Full-color sections follow evolution of 7 of the author's own watercolors. 37 color and over 100 black-and-white illustrations.
Landscape Drawing Step by Step by Wendon Blake Excellent, clearly written how-to guide for training powers of observation, judging proportions, assessing values, plus valuable suggestions for use of drawing media. 180 line illustrations and halftones.
Pictorial Composition: An Introduction by Henry Rankin Poore Learn principles of composition, classical and modern, through analysis of works from Middle Ages to present — Goya, Cézanne, Hopper, many others. 148 illustrations, 9 in full color.
Hawthorne on Painting by Charles W. Hawthorne Hawthorne was an American painter who founded the Cape Cod School of Art. This work, collected from notes taken by his actual students, offers hundreds of direct lessons, ideas, suggestions, and more.
Hensche on Painting by John W. Robichaux, Dorothy Billiu-Hensche Hensche taught students to "see the light, not the object," says his biographer Robichaux, who in this book reveals the basic painting philosophy and methodology of a great teacher.
Watercolor Painting Step by Step by Wendon Blake Well-illustrated guide, by noted painter and teacher, uses stop-motion sequences of works in progress. Other topics: modeling in color; painting a variety of landscapes; more. 90 color and black-and-white illustrations, 8 halftones.
The whys and hows of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, aerial and linear perspective, painting of trees, emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, plus information on canvas, palette, brushes, more. 34 black-and-white reproductions of paintings by Carlson. 58 explanatory diagrams.
The author of the 20th anniversary Calla Edition of the phenomenal bestseller Dinotopia, John Gurney is a master at bringing perspective realism and scientific accuracy to his artwork. Mr. Gurney is also a huge admirer of Dover's line of art instruction books and has graciously compiled a list of his ten favorite titles, which includes John F. Carlson's Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting. Here is what he had to say:
"John Carlson, himself a noted American Impressionist painter and teacher, addresses all the common elements faced by landscape painters, including design, light, perspective, color, clouds, trees, and composition. While the book was first published in 1929, Dover has reprinted the 1958 edition, so the language is a little more accessible to the modern reader without sacrificing Carlson's forthright style. Although the 58 diagrams are in black and white, the book's chief value is its practical principles and insights."
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