Landscape Meditations: An Artist's Guide to Exploring Themes in Landscape Painting

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Landscape Meditations examines the process of capturing a sense of place through a series of views of a single landscape subject, like Van Gogh did with sunflowers or Monet did with haystacks and cathedrals. Topics explored include using mist, wildflowers, the beach, fields, trees, and roads and pathways. Each of these topics begins with a brief introduction to the specific theme, followed by paintings that show the progression of the idea being explored. A concluding discussion provides artists with further ...
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Overview

Landscape Meditations examines the process of capturing a sense of place through a series of views of a single landscape subject, like Van Gogh did with sunflowers or Monet did with haystacks and cathedrals. Topics explored include using mist, wildflowers, the beach, fields, trees, and roads and pathways. Each of these topics begins with a brief introduction to the specific theme, followed by paintings that show the progression of the idea being explored. A concluding discussion provides artists with further thoughts about how the theme might apply to their work.

• For landscape painters at all levels of ability and in all painting mediums

• From the author of The Poetic Landscape (0-8230-4067-4), which has sold more than 16,000 copies, and The Pastelist's Year (0-8230-3935-8), which has sold 10,000 copies

• Includes the work of such landscape masters as Camille Corot, Martin Johnson Heade, and George Juness

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mowry is far from the first to find spirituality in the creation of art, but her book is an unusual mixture of how-to and spiritual guide. While her own painting style is not to this reviewer's taste, many readers will find her gentle landscapes both soothing and inspiring. Her own words, densely illustrated with 175 color plates, say much about how she chooses and addresses her subjects and what they mean to her-as well as what such ideas may mean to those who follow in her footsteps. Valuable also are her introductory remarks on other inspired landscape artists (e.g., George Inness and Martin Johnson Heade). For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823026029
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 620,964
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Mowry is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She taught at the Woodstock School of Art in New York for 14 years and now teaches master classes in foreign countries. She is the author of The Poetic Landscape (0-8230-4067-4) and The Pastelist's Year (0-8230-3935-8), which has sold 10,000 copies.
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Table of Contents

Historical precedents in theme painting : a brief look at favorite paintings from the past 12
1 General and specific topics 29
2 Ongoing themes 51
3 The transient subject 69
4 Motifs reflecting human presence in the landscape 81
5 Learning and theme painting 95
6 Exploration of place 109
7 Exploration of an idea 125
8 Individualizing our painting methods 133
9 Condensing to or expanding from a focal point 139
10 Visual narration in a series 147
My painting process 156
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