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The Art of Landscape Painting
by Paul Strisik, Edited by Charles Movalli

64 colour and 130 black and white illustrations

Noted landscape painter Paul Strisik takes the reader outdoors to watch over his should as he demonstrates his skills at capturing the varied landscape around the country and in all seasons.

Starting with a discussion of materials and equipment, the artist describes the equipment he uses in the field, as well as studio equipment and special painting gear for traveling. Further suggestions for types of brushes, holders, cleaners, palettes, easels and more to give the reader all the basics for getting started both at home and on location.

The next portion of the book is devoted to the esthetic aspects of landscape painting: conception, composition, and design. Strisik stresses selecting those elements of a scene which help the artist make a personal statement, rather than copying nature literally. He explains compositional principles and how to use them - distributing the weights in a picture, emphasizing the centre of interest, knowing when and how to use cast shadows, leading the viewer's eye with the lines of direction, and achieving variety and interest with counterpoint.

All the visual effects of light - luminosity, diffraction, reflected light, highlights, diffused light, atmospheric perspective and many more - are explained in the third section, along with the bascis of understanding colour and value relationships.

Finally, Striskik presents a series of full0colour, step-by-step demonstrations showing how he develops his carefully planned compositional studies into finished paintings.

Hardback, 1980, 144pages, very good condition
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