Landscapes in Oil is the first-ever comprehensive guide to classical landscape painting reinterpreted for the twenty-first century.
Drawing from the tradition established by American painters of the Hudson River School–artists like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and George Inness–author and painter Ken Salaz reveals great masters’ philosophy and methods, updating their approaches for the contemporary landscape painter. Beginning painters are given the basic tools and step-by-step demonstrations, intermediate painters are challenged with unpublished techniques that allow them to break through to the next level, and advanced painters learn to apply their skills under unified theories.
Landscapes in Oil devotes a chapter to each of the fundamental elements of landscape painting–drawing, value, color, composition, and light quality–and offers critical advice on selecting tools and materials, choosing colors, and structuring your palette for best results. Emphasizing the necessity of plein air drawing and painting, Salaz demonstrates how to translate small, quick studies made outdoors into full-scale studio paintings. He provides detailed step-by-step breakdowns of the creation of four of his own paintings, focusing not only on application but also on the ideas that underpin every decision a landscape painter must make. The scores of landscape masterworks, past and present, that illustrate this book have been carefully chosen for their aesthetic power and because each embodies a specific aspect of the landscape painter’s craft.
For Salaz, landscape painting is a noble pursuit, and the goal of the landscape artist is not to paint “pretty pictures” but to create compelling images that express human beings’ profound connection to nature in all its diversity and grandeur. At a time when classical landscape is enjoying a renaissance in art schools, ateliers, and galleries across North America, this book is an essential resource for beginning and experienced painters alike.
“Ken Salaz has produced a remarkably thorough book on landscape painting. He covers the foundation that every landscape painter needs to master: drawing, color, composition, perspective, atmosphere, illumination, field sketching, and studio painting. His explanations are clear and the diagrams and illustrations are helpful. This book will be a great help to young artists and professionals alike.” Jacob Collins