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Explore the simple techniques and practical tips for painting dynamic landscapes outdoors.
When you are ready to take your hobby to the great outdoors, then you are ready for this comprehensive guide by Frank Serrano. Plein Air Painting in Oil will teach you everything you need to know to paint outdoors with oil, accurately portraying clouds, trees, rocks, mountains, and other natural landscape elements. You will learn the essentials of the craft, such as working with light and shadow, choosing a subject, and achieving a variety of atmospheric effects. YouÆll appreciate the way Serrano communicates the traditions and basic techniques of this unique artistic genre with simplicity and clarity, helping you discover the peaceful joy of painting en plein air!
Series: Artist’s Library
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (January 1, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
the sort of book self taught artists need
4 people found this helpful.
on April 24, 2011
By J. Janssen
As a bit of background, Walter Foster was a real painter and early on in his career circa 1930 started a specialty publishing company churning out art instruction books usually filled with step by step demonstrations. When I first started painting as a kid you could find dozens of these covering different genres. They were usually large format (maybe 12 x 16″), nicely printed on heavy stock, ran 18 to 24 pages and sold for about a $1 each. To a kid who wanted to learn how to paint getting a new one with exotic images to emulate was like opening presents on XMAS.
on May 24, 2017
By R. Davis
So helpful. Well written. Anyone who wants to paint in plein air needs to read and study this book.
A Small Gem of a Book
One person found this helpful.
on January 21, 2010
By Hal Dewaltoff
Frank Serrano is a terrific painter, and lucky for those not quite as good, a talented teacher. This book is meant to serve the beginning painter, and which it does quite well with very clear descriptions on how mix color, what color to use for certain effects, etc. I think the intermediate painter would gain a lot from this book as well. It could easily serve as the source of one’s approach to landscape painting for almost any level artist. I consider myself pretty advanced, but after I go through a period of experimentation with different palettes, a few painting trips that didn’t work out like I wanted, I go back to this book and follow Frank’s advice! For the money this is a great value and should be part of any landscape painter’s library. (Just an aside the sketches in the book don’t represent the high level of his work–they are meant for demonstration only)
A workshop for the price of lunch!!
13 people found this helpful.
on August 24, 2005
This is by far the best plein air painting book for the money that I’ve ever purchased! It’s packed full of easy-to-understand lessons on every page. Excellent for either the beginner or intermediate-level oil painters out there. Advanced painters probably already know most of this stuff, so should probably turn to Richard Schmid’s “Alla Prima.” I think the only other plein air painting book that’s as good as this one is Kevin MacPherson’s.
The Book Covered Exactly What the Title Stated – Great!
One person found this helpful.
on April 22, 2013
This is a very useful and informative book that provides lots of illustrations and examples. I found the quality of art used for illustrative purposes much higher than that typically used in this sort of book, which helped this reader to value the information all the more. I also have a DVD by the author and have participated in a Plein Air Basics workshop Mr. Serrano contributed to, and recommend his instructional style and this book highly.
on September 30, 2015
By Amazon reader
very nice book lots of information and tips!!
on July 14, 2015
I’m just a beginner but this book is very helpful.
on March 17, 2014
By Sandy Schmidt
Easy read. Book size not overwhelming. Filled with advice on what to use and how to apply the knowledge. Pictures clear.
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