"Carlson's Guide to Landsape Painting"
by John F. Carlson (Soft cover, 144 pgs.): $9.95
"Carlson's Guide" is one of the definitive works for landscape painters. It is a painter's bible to constantly remind you of painting composition and other rules of thumb.
From the back cover:
"Written by a famous American painter and teacher, whose landscapes are found in many of the world's noted museums, this book is known as one of the art students' 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 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. 34 reproductions of Mr. Carlson's own work and 58 of his explanatory diagrams are shown on pages adjoining the text."