Secrets to Composition: 14 Formulas for Landscape Painting

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Capture Nature's Beauty with a Brush!

Now you can capture all the beauty of nature with a composition that works every time. No matter what medium you work in, this easy-to-follow guide shows you precisely how to put together breathtaking landscapes.

You'll learn 14 easy formulas for translating what you see in nature into eye-catching paintings. These strategies work on everything from sunsets and ocean views...

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Overview

Capture Nature's Beauty with a Brush!

Now you can capture all the beauty of nature with a composition that works every time. No matter what medium you work in, this easy-to-follow guide shows you precisely how to put together breathtaking landscapes.

You'll learn 14 easy formulas for translating what you see in nature into eye-catching paintings. These strategies work on everything from sunsets and ocean views to trees and wildflowers. You can paint exactly what inspires you better than you ever thought possible.

With clear step-by-step demonstrations in oil and watercolor, it doesn't take long to master every valuable lesson. You'll discover the art of moving or eliminating real-world objects to best suit your paintings. These simple techniques will add more drama and life to your work.

From first sketch to final brushstroke, this is the only book you need to create fabulous landscapes. Take your art to the next level today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440324659
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/18/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 962,732
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Nuss is an award-winning landscape and still life artist who has contributed to many North Light Books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Getting Started 10
Formula 1 The Cross Format 18
Formula 2 The L Format 26
Formula 3 The Balance Scale Format 34
Formula 4 The U Format 42
Formula 5 The O Format: Full Demonstration in Oil 50
Formula 6 The Diagonal Format 58
Formula 7 The Pattern Format 66
Formula 8 The S Format: Full Demonstration in Oil 74
Formula 9 The Triangle Format: Full Demonstration in Oil 84
Formula 10 The Steelyard Format: Full Demonstration in Watercolor 92
Formula 11 The Three-Spot Format: Full Demonstration in Oil 102
Formula 12 The Overlapping Shapes Format 110
Formula 13 The Radiating Lines Format: Full Demonstration in Watercolor 118
Formula 14 The Tic-Tac-Toe Format: Full Demonstration in Oil 128
Presenting and Critiquing Your Work 139
Final Thoughts 140
Index 142
Bibliography 143
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