Mitchell Albala LIVE Demo
Monday, September 27th
5:00 – 7:00 pm MDT
7:00 – 9:00 pm EDT
WHAT TO EXPECT at a LevellingUp LIVE Demo
Join a 2-hour session with a LevellingUp Master to watch them paint live and answer questions while demonstrating key skills and techniques they have used to master their craft. Watch them create their iconic styles right in front of you while engaging and helping you understand the How & Why of what they do.
"The Landscape Painter’s Workbook" by Mitchell Albala
Special Book Launch Event with Q&A and Demonstration
In this special event, LevellingUp instructor and best-selling author Mitchell Albala will be discussing his new book, The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, Nov. 2021). Mitchell will introduce many of the “essential studies” mentioned in the book’s title, such as the “complete” color strategy, color grouping, the harmony of neutrals, composition, and the workshop exercises. You’ll also get a sneak peek at some of the 45 painters featured in the book, working in oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic. After a Q&A session (on all things landscape), Mitchell will demonstrate one of the workshop exercises: Movement in Composition.
My work has always been driven by three visual imperatives: the inherent abstraction within nature, pattern, and unified light.
A painting can reach a viewer in different parts of their mind. One part responds to things we can name like houses, trees, clouds, and the narrative itself. Another part responds to aesthetics such as color, shape, or movement. This is the part of the mind I want to reach. I consider a picture most successful when the viewer is struck by these aesthetics before they recognize the actual subject.
Color harmony is a core instinct for me. The landscape, with its atmosphere and unified light, is an ideal subject with which to pursue this interest. If I cannot make all the colors in the painting feel as if they are bound together through a unifying color of light, then I will not consider the painting entirely successful. In my work, this cohesiveness often is often achieved with a very limited palette. Each of my paintings also has a distinct color chord, which is meant to capture a particular color of light or time of day.
In my current work, the Azure and Asphalt and Rooftops series, I bring my interest in unified light and pattern to the urban landscape. These works explore the abstract patterns formed by reflected light on the streets and rooftops at sunset. In these works I strike a delicate balance between simplification and detail: I have to include enough visual cues to make it clear to the viewer that it is an urban landscape, but few enough that it doesn’t distract from my primary interest, which are the abstract patterns and the light.
Date: September 27, 2021
Start time: 05:00 p.m. MDT
End time: 07:00 p.m. MDT