Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486229270
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1973
  • Series: Dover Art Instruction Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 90,597
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. How to Approach Painting
2. The Mechanics of Painting
3. Angles and Consequent Values
4. Design-A Pattern of Differing Values
5. Light-Unity of Tone and the Meeting of Edges
6. Aerial Perspective-Transitions in Value and Color
7. Linear Perspective
8. Color-Its Emotional Value in Painting
9. Trees-How to Understand Them
10. Clouds-How They Float
11. Composition-The Expressive Properties of Line and Mass
12. The Main Line and Theme
13. The Extraordinary and Bizarre
14. Painting from Memory
  Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    VERY HELPFUL

    After reading some of the other reviews I must say that I can understand some of the frustration that some of them voice. I think this book is best for those who already have some practice with painting. I don't think this book was aimed at the very most beginner. If I'm remembering correctly he wrote this book for a class that he taught to art students for and out-of-doors painting class in upstate New York around 1915 or so. The book contains many many things that you will have to know in order to paint landscape well. There is a lot of good information to consider here. There is a great section on the importance of capturing the correct values of your landscape. A section on the effects of light, on color, on sky, perspective, composition, trees, clouds, basic materials needed and some very sound advice on varnishing and medium, plus more. Some mention and criticism has been made that Mr. Carlsons work is presented in black and white, but this matter is addressed in the book where Carlson states that, it does the student a great service to study B&W photos of good paintings. The point here is to become familiar with a masters use of value to establish a painting rather than the student getting carried away by the color. Anyway, there are about 20 works of Mr. Carlsons in the book and each are used to teach a particular point. My opinion is that his work is pretty damn good. If you are really interested in seeing them in color just do a Google image search using his name. I paint two to three times a week out-doors and this book has been a real help. I have learned a lot. Highly recommended. Best wishes and Good Luck!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Theory of Angles

    I bought this book back in the 70s and I still use it. It is in poor condition, paint smears, dog-eared pages, etc., but it is one of my most prized possessions. The chapter on the 'theory of angles' opened my eyes to the role of light in a landscape. This chapter alone is worth beyond measure. If you're looking for a quick TV course on painting, this book is not for you so don't waste your money. John F. Carlson was a master artist and teacher. His book should be digested by the serious painter who wishes to gain clear and inspiring insights into nature

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Forget it

    How do you have a book on painting that is in black & white only? Returned the book!

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    A very useful book for the serious student

    Although I would liked to have seen more colored plates, the information
    is very useful. It has given me the incentive to read and explore further.
    The technical side as well as lessons in how to look at the landscape has
    been very helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    The best book for a serious landscape painter that was ever written.

    This is a classic. Not only is Carlson the very best for the serious painter, he is also a poet with lovely prose. I read this book over and over because if you are a serious painter you will read it one year and get one learning and another time and get something entirely different. Why? Because you grew. Now you get what he is saying a little more. I think I could read this at 90 after a hundred readings and still learn. He is awesome. The best art teacher...including Robert Henri and Payne that ever was. Period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Down To Earth!

    As a beginner oil landscape painter, I wish I had read this as one of my first books. Great insight. Another landscape artist recommended this book, and I agree, one of the best.

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