Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne


Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne

This book is a great a compilation of different compositional designs and it relates to the landscape. So far I have only read through it once, but it is on my book pile to go back and read it cover to cover again to hopefully better absorb the ideas and principles presented…

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The book has a lot of text, with a lot of thoughtful ideas, however what makes this books such an invaluable guide on composition, especially geared to the landscape artist, are the black and white diagrams of successful compositions.

Many of these thumbnail diagrams are analysis of famous landscape paintings by some of the most successful landscape artists.

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And then in the later part of the book, are color studies and painting examples by Edgar Payne. It is great to see how he explored color as a compositional aspect as much as he did the more structural underpinning of landscape compositions.

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And the great thing about this book is that even though it focuses on composition of the landscape, I find that a lot of the advice can be applied to different genres of art. Right after I read this book, I made exercises where I would try to apply lessons learned from this book directly to my still-life paintings.

Maybe I need to explore the color studies as well to my work… I find an artist never stops learning and trying to improve their skills. It is what makes this career so fantastic.

Composition of Outdoor Painting


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  • Posted June 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much for the wonderful book I want to receive an electronic copy before buying How can I get on it

    • Elizabeth
      Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      Ali, I am not sure how to get the book electronically.

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