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Old 03-30-2017, 03:45 PM
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

Ditto what Mike said. David Curtis is amazing.
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

And to add to the conversation, I like (in addition to the others mentioned!) Emile Gruppé's "Gruppé On Painting: Direct techniques in oil". 1976, with B&W plates, that bothers some people but the information is great.
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Depends in the medium, but I agree Youtube is an invaluable source. There's no substitute for getting out there and doing it.

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Any good book on composition, perception, general painting technique in your medium should do. Plein air only differs from studio really in having to consider the difference between the light on your painting outdoors and when viewed in different conditions indoors, and also the impact of outdoor weather conditions on your medium (heat, moisture.) The rest is just practice!

If a book of any kind gives you inspiration, then that's your book.
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Old 04-06-2017, 03:48 PM
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

I've read a number of the old reliable's, but recently picked up "The elements of landscape oil painting" by Suzanne Brooker ©2015. This one is filled with useful info to be used plein air or studio, and mine is all marked up on the many tips that I revisit until they get down in me.
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

I know the topic is supposed to be about books, but some of the posts also mention videos. I can't rave enough about the YouTube videos by Stefan Baumann. They cover a wide range of topics, including plein air, still life, materials, composition, lighting, etc.
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

If you like to paint from reference photos, I would recommend a simple and free or cheap app for your phone/tablet, such as Artists Grid. Helps you freeze the lighting, which changes constantly outdoors, plus choose your composition and your value structure.

I generally paint directly from life, adjusting as I've learned how to do it, for the color temperature, the light changes and the air temperature. But that little program has really come in handy a few times, believe me.

David Dunlop, a terrific and prolific teaching landscape painter, has some of his fabulous videos on YouTube for free. The rest are a series you can purchase or occasionally find in reruns on PBS. Whether he does it actually in situ or in his studio, if you get his method and absorb his quick and cogent lessons in perception, you will be well prepared to face the outdoors with more confidence.

When I started painting many years ago, some of the best books I read were not your usual "follow my steps to this painting" kind. They were Faber Birren's books on color and other aspects of perception and how to create the illusion when you're painting. Invaluable. You might find them in a library.

Here's a page full of them on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Faber-Birren/...ne_cont_book_1

I realize this is a very different approach from just "how to paint" or famous artist inspirational books.
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Re: What are the best books on plein air?

When I first started painting en plein air in oils (having done watercolor years before) I came across Frank Serrano's book from none other than Walter Foster's Artist's Library Series, Plein Air Painting in Oil.
It's not very big, but for those wanting to read about beginning and his techniques, I found it to be very good, especially in simplifying perspectives.
Granted, it's not as technical as some of the others mentioned, but for someone just getting started, it's a lot easier to chew.
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