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>> Books: Plein Air Painting
See Also: Landscapes, Oil Landscapes, Trees & Water, Watercolor Landscapes, Pastel, Drawing

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Plein Air Painting in Watercolor & Oil
Frank LaLumina

Step-by-step guide for painting en plein air. Great beginner to advanced volume from supplies to a finished painting on location.

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Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting
John F. Carlson


A CLASSIC! THE book no landscape painter should be without. The standard by which all other landscape painting books are measured. You'll refer to this book again and again. It not only covers the basics but detailed descriptions on why and how things operate in nature -- and how things can impact your painting. Applicable to all media. (Review by L. Diane Johnson)

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Hawthorne on Painting
Charles W. Hawthorne

A nother classic, must have for your plein air painting library.
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Composition of Outdoor Painting
Edgar Alwin Payne


There is no other book on the market today that can address composition and painting in the landscape than this one! Easy to read and understand volume by this master painter of the landscape en plein air, Edgar Payne. Composition is one area that artists must explore and tackle to achieve a successful painting. This book does it! (Review by L. Diane Johnson)

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More great titles we recommend:

Inventing the Landscape : From Plein Air Study to Studio Painting
Richard Crozier, Thomas Bolt

Plein air

In the Light of Italy:
Corot and Early Open-Air Painting
Philip Conisbee, et al

Plein Air Painters of California the North
Ruth Lilly Westphal

Plein Air Painters of California, the Southland
Ruth Lilly

Painting Watercolors on Location With Tom Hill
Tom Hill