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FREE DEMO: Understanding Simplification and Massing for Landscape Painters with MITCHELL ALBALA. Mar 2, 2019. 11am-12:30pm

Oil, Pastel, Acrylic

Bestselling author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice
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Saturday, March 2, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

March 16-17, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

“It’s easy to paint a thousand points of light with a thousand brushstrokes. It’s much more difficult — and infinitely more eloquent — to paint a thousand points of light with only one hundred strokes.” – from Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice

The ability to simplify — to translate nature’s complexity into fewer and more readable shapes and patterns — is the most important skill for a landscape painter. Painting or drawing a shape is not that difficult, but seeing a shape through layers of color, detail and complexity requires a practiced shift in perception — an ability to see the forest and the trees. In this workshop, working from your own photos and those supplied by the instructor, you will do several guided painting and drawing exercises designed to encourage your eye and hand toward the broad, simplified shapes thats are the backbone of any landscape composition. This workshop will cover:
    * the first act of simplification — composing with a “limited focus”
    * the power of limited values to find simplified shapes
    * the simplified value divisions of landscape
    * the importance of "value zones" for managing detail within a simplified framework
    * how to do simplified, shape-driven thumbnail studies that will help you explore composition options

Time will also be set aside for a review your own works (optional) as they relate to the workshop topic. You may work with your own photographs or those provided by the instructor. Detailed tips for selecting your own reference photos will be provided before the workshop.

Level: This workshop is not suitable for first-time painters (those who have never painted or mixed color at all), but is ideally suited those new to landscape and who want to better understand this essential foundation practice.

Mitchell Albala’s semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and in Seattle at Lisa Harris Gallery. His book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, with 43,000 copies in print, is the best selling landscape painting book in the nation. Mitchell is also a dedicated workshop instructor at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Pacific NW Art School, and Daniel Smith Artist’s Materials. He led painting adventures in Italy in 2015 with Arte Umbria and in 2017 with Winslow Art Center. He has lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. In 2016 his work was profiled in the French arts magazine, Practique des Arts, and his popular painting blog was awarded the #12 spot on’s Top 75 Painting Blogs.

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