Mallery Jane

Top 5 Painting Books for the Landscape

Art Books

Top 5 Painting Books for the Landscape

  Recently I've been getting asked what my favorite art books are. Anyone else loves books and always searching Amazon for their next buy?! (Hopefully, it's not just me!) Let's get into my favorite books for painting, drawing, and understanding the landscape.  Here are my top 5 Books for the Landscape   1.) Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala If I were to only buy one book on painting the landscape, this one would be it! Although the author uses oils (I use acrylics), the fundamentals of how to paint a landscape stay...

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My Creative Process, from Inspiration, to Sketch, to a Final Painting

Composition Landscapes painting

My Creative Process, from Inspiration, to Sketch, to a Final Painting

Over the last two years, I've finally figured out a system I like to use when creating a new painting. Having a process for making art will help you start on the days you may not be feeling the creative vibe (which can be a lot!).  Step 1. Finding Inspiration I will go through my Inspiration folder on my desktop where I save all of my landscape photos I've taken when I'm hiking or traveling. I try to keep A LOT of pictures in here so something will always jump out and catch my eye. Once I find an image...

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This is Why Color Theory is SO Important in Painting

Color Theory

This is Why Color Theory is SO Important in Painting

Learn why Color Theory and Complementary Colors are so important to creating Contrast, Intensity and Shadows in your painting.

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#1 Drawing Tip for Beginners

Drawing

#1 Drawing Tip for Beginners

Learning to draw is really about learning to see in a completely different way than we usually do. Let's go through how an artist would see and draw a Bison from start to finish in 10 steps! 

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Sketching While You Travel

Sketching While You Travel

Sketching while you travel can be difficult and is usually not always convenient. Some of the biggest reasons not to draw while on a trip is often:

-How much time you have at the location

-Weather (have the correct sketchbook)

-Finding a secluded spot

I want to share how I tackled all three of these while traveling to Banff this past June!

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