Book Title: Guide to Landscape Painting
Author: Harold Speed
Format: Paperback | 144 pages
Publication Date: 01 Jun 1973
Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's most noted museums, this book is known as one of the art students' most helpful guides. It provides a wealth of advice on the choice of subject; it tells what to look for and aim for, and explains the mysteries of color, and atmospheric conditions and other phenomena to be found in nature.
Through his profound understanding of the physical nature of landscapes and his highly developed artistic sense, John Carlson is able to explain both the whys and the hows of the various aspects of landscape painting. Among the subjects covered are angles and consequent values (an insightful concept necessary for strong overall unity of design), aerial and linear perspective, the painting of trees, the emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, choice of subject and memory work. In the beginning chapters, the author tells how to make the best of canvas, palette, colors, brushes and other materials and gives valuable advice about texture, glazing, varnishing, bleaching, retouching and framing. Thirty-four reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text.