Mitch Albala- Beyond the Photo: Making Landscape Composition and Color Your Own
August 28 @ 9:00 am - August 30 @ 4:00 pm| $450
The landscape tradition is rooted in plein air and direct observation. Yet, nearly every contemporary landscape painter relies on photo reference to some degree. The question is: what are the best practices when working with photos? Do we accept whatever composition the camera records? Do we try to copy the colors exactly as they appear in the photo? In this workshop, the answer to those questions is “no.” You’ll learn ways of working with color and composition that will help you get the most out of your photos, and create paintings that are uniquely your own.
- In terms of color and composition, what do we look for in a good reference photo?
- How do you find multiple compositions from a single photo?
- What are the basic criteria for effective landscape composition?
- What is a color strategy and what are the criteria for developing one?
- How do you assess a photo’s color and decide where changes are needed?
You’ll work with your own photos or those provided by the instructor. Detailed tips for selecting reference photos will be provided before the workshop.
Media: Mitchell demonstrates in oil, but the workshop is open to all media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel.
Level: This class is not for first-time painters (those who have never painted, mixed color, or worked with value), but it is ideally suited to those with previous experience who want to go beyond copying photos, and make color and composition their own.