A beautiful hardcover book on landscape painting has recently been published by Watson-Guptill that incudes four of my paintings as examples. Suzanne Brooker, artist, teacher and author, wrote The Elements of Landscape Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees, and Water. It is getting good reviews and is currently the number one bestseller among oil painting books on Amazon. Suzanne is also the author of Portrait Painting Atelier and she teaches painting and drawing at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. She breaks landscape painting into component parts with lessons on how to approach each, as well as how to put them all together into a harmonious whole. Included are fundamentals such as tools, surfaces and color mixing, as well as less frequently addressed specifics of brush handling technique for achieving various effects. The stages of the painting process from drawing concept onward are covered, with step-by-step examples. Throughout the book are lovely works of art by contemporary painters, several from Seattle, and I am pleased to be in their company. I think this text is a valuable asset for the painter's library, beginner or intermediate.
For those in Seattle, I invite you to a celebration and book signing by the author, with several of the artists in attendance, at the Magnusen Park Studios building art gallery on Saturday, October 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be original paintings on view and refreshments. Address: Building 30 West, 7448 63rd Avenue NE, Seattle.
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