Color Harmony in the Landscape: The “Complete” Color Strategy
Mitch Albala, Instructor
Date: Friday, October 13th – Sunday, October 15th, 2023 (9am-4pm)
The most effective color solutions in landscape painting do far more than replicate the colors found in the natural world — or in our photos. To capture the qualities of color and light, painters also rely on a color strategy. We typically think of the strategy as only being about the relationships founds on the color wheel, such as analogous, complementary, etc. In fact, a “complete” color strategy involves two other essential aspects of color — relative values and saturation levels. Working from photographs, and through a series of practical exercises, ongoing critiques, and analysis of contemporary colorists, you will learn how all three aspects of the color strategy work together to suggest mood, atmospheric effects, or a particular color of light.
Important Note about Media: The instructor demonstrates in oil; however, the color lessons are applicable to painters working in pastel or acrylic, as well. For acrylic painters, the expectation is that you will know how to manage acrylic’s rapid drying time, how to blend with glazing and/or scumbling, and have a Sta-Wet palette and know how to use it.
This class will also cover:
• color grouping, a practice that helps maintain harmony by organizing colors into a limited number of groups
• how to mix neutral colors and how they can be used to create color harmony
• how to work with saturated colors
• color temperature
• how value affects color identity
• the proper way to work with reference photos
Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate