Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting

by John F. Carlson

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Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's most noted museums, this book is known as one of the art student's most helpful guides. It provides a wealth of advice on the choice of subject; it tells what to look for and aim for, and explains the mysteries of color, atmospheric conditions, and other phenomena to be found in nature.
Through his profound understanding of the physical nature of landscapes and his highly developed artistic sense, John Carlson is able to explain both the whys and the hows of the various aspects of landscape painting. Among the subjects covered are angles and consequent values (an insightful concept necessary for strong overall unity of design), aerial and linear perspective, the painting of trees, the emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, choice of subject, and memory work. In the beginning chapters, the author tells how to make the best of canvas, palette, colors, brushes, and other materials and gives valuable advice about texture, glazing, varnishing, bleaching, retouching, and framing. Thirty-four reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text.
As Howard Simon says in the introduction: "Crammed into its pages are the thoughts and experiences of a lifetime of painting and teaching. Undoubtedly it is a good book for the beginner, but the old hand at art will appreciate its honesty and broadness of viewpoint. It confines itself to the mechanics of landscape painting but, philosophically, it roams far and wide. . . . This is a book to keep, to read at leisure, and to look into for the solution of problems as they arise, when the need for an experienced hand is felt."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486229270
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1973
Series: Dover Art Instruction
Edition description: REV ed.
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 93,781
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.88(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. How to Approach Painting
2. The Mechanics of Painting
3. Angles and Consequent Values
4. Design-A Pattern of Differing Values
5. Light-Unity of Tone and the Meeting of Edges
6. Aerial Perspective-Transitions in Value and Color
7. Linear Perspective
8. Color-Its Emotional Value in Painting
9. Trees-How to Understand Them
10. Clouds-How They Float
11. Composition-The Expressive Properties of Line and Mass
12. The Main Line and Theme
13. The Extraordinary and Bizarre
14. Painting from Memory

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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the other reviews I must say that I can understand some of the frustration that some of them voice. I think this book is best for those who already have some practice with painting. I don't think this book was aimed at the very most beginner. If I'm remembering correctly he wrote this book for a class that he taught to art students for and out-of-doors painting class in upstate New York around 1915 or so. The book contains many many things that you will have to know in order to paint landscape well. There is a lot of good information to consider here. There is a great section on the importance of capturing the correct values of your landscape. A section on the effects of light, on color, on sky, perspective, composition, trees, clouds, basic materials needed and some very sound advice on varnishing and medium, plus more. Some mention and criticism has been made that Mr. Carlsons work is presented in black and white, but this matter is addressed in the book where Carlson states that, it does the student a great service to study B&W photos of good paintings. The point here is to become familiar with a masters use of value to establish a painting rather than the student getting carried away by the color. Anyway, there are about 20 works of Mr. Carlsons in the book and each are used to teach a particular point. My opinion is that his work is pretty damn good. If you are really interested in seeing them in color just do a Google image search using his name. I paint two to three times a week out-doors and this book has been a real help. I have learned a lot. Highly recommended. Best wishes and Good Luck!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book back in the 70s and I still use it. It is in poor condition, paint smears, dog-eared pages, etc., but it is one of my most prized possessions. The chapter on the 'theory of angles' opened my eyes to the role of light in a landscape. This chapter alone is worth beyond measure. If you're looking for a quick TV course on painting, this book is not for you so don't waste your money. John F. Carlson was a master artist and teacher. His book should be digested by the serious painter who wishes to gain clear and inspiring insights into nature
terfemme More than 1 year ago
This is a classic. Not only is Carlson the very best for the serious painter, he is also a poet with lovely prose. I read this book over and over because if you are a serious painter you will read it one year and get one learning and another time and get something entirely different. Why? Because you grew. Now you get what he is saying a little more. I think I could read this at 90 after a hundred readings and still learn. He is awesome. The best art teacher...including Robert Henri and Payne that ever was. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a beginner oil landscape painter, I wish I had read this as one of my first books. Great insight. Another landscape artist recommended this book, and I agree, one of the best.
John16JH More than 1 year ago
How do you have a book on painting that is in black & white only? Returned the book!
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WyattTX More than 1 year ago
Although I would liked to have seen more colored plates, the information is very useful. It has given me the incentive to read and explore further. The technical side as well as lessons in how to look at the landscape has been very helpful.
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