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A landscape painting guide for oil painters that breaks landscapes down into component elements from nature, and showcases tools and techniques used by classic and modern oil painters for bringing these scenes to life.
     Landscape painting is one of the most popular subjects for painters working in the medium of oils--from classic masters to contemporary artists. In  The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting, established Watson-Guptill author and noted instructor/painter Suzanne Brooker presents the fundamentals necessary for mastering landscape oil painting, breaking landscapes down into component parts: sky, terrain, trees, and water. Each featured element builds off the previous, with additional lessons on the latest brushes, paints, and other tools used by artists. Key methods like observation, rendering, and color mixing are supported by demonstration paintings and samples from a variety of the best landscape oil painters of all time. With  The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting, oil painters looking to break into landscape painting or enhance their work will find all the necessary ingredients for success.

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SUZANNE BROOKER received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1979, attended by invitation the Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York City, and pursued her drawing studies at the School of Visual Arts. In 1990 Brooker returned to the West Coast and studied life drawing with Gary Faigin at the Gage Academy of Art and completed her MFA in figurative painting under Domenic Cretera at California State University, Long Beach. The author of  Portrait Painting Atelier (2011), Brooker currently paints and teaches drawing and painting at the Gage Academy.

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kpippy
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It’s okay
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
While this is a beautifully worded book with LOTS of flowing prose, I found it a bit lacking on the technical side. It has some great nuggets of information and a nice variety of lovely artwork, but I was hoping for more guidance on advanced painting techniques and how to... See more
While this is a beautifully worded book with LOTS of flowing prose, I found it a bit lacking on the technical side. It has some great nuggets of information and a nice variety of lovely artwork, but I was hoping for more guidance on advanced painting techniques and how to achieve them.
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Stuart Schulz
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In The Middle
Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2016
This book begins slowly, seemingly buried under a thick layer of verbiage and beautiful thoughts, without much practical application. Like music, you just can''t read about art technique for long without dozing off. I almost gave up, thinking she might make a better... See more
This book begins slowly, seemingly buried under a thick layer of verbiage and beautiful thoughts, without much practical application. Like music, you just can''t read about art technique for long without dozing off. I almost gave up, thinking she might make a better writer than painter. But the quality of the art led me on, and by the middle of the book, the author stopped talking and started showing, and the book suddenly came alive...her observations and suggestions were first class, even for me--a long-term landscapist. I think next time she should just drop the first fifty pages and begin "in medias res" as the Greeks used to say, or maybe the Zoroastrians, I forget.
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Judith A. Weller
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Best Book on Landscape Painting.
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
Best book on landscape painting. This is an excellent book and anyone ho aspires to be a landscape painter should own it. There are chapters on every main landscape feature - Trees, Water, Sky, Terrain etc, In each chapter there is a thorough discussion of how... See more
Best book on landscape painting. This is an excellent book and anyone ho aspires to be a landscape painter should own it.

There are chapters on every main landscape feature - Trees, Water, Sky, Terrain etc, In each chapter there is a thorough discussion of how the paintings illustrated were constructed, a section on appropriate brush strokes and some demonstrations which the reader can choose to paint himself.

The print is a somewhat too light for my eyes, so I bought the Kindle edition and use both of them.

Fortunately this book does not go through the paints you should use, or which brushes and palette you should use. It assumes that you know that and are advanced enough not to have that stuff repeated. This is definitely a book for more advanced painters

Every painter should have this in his library.
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Wendle Mark
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Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2020
I found the book helpful for explaining some things about understanding how to simplify a subject and conceptualize a landscape painting. The illustrations are often black and white, so I gave 4 stars, and it was definitely years ago, so the wording can be quaint. But on... See more
I found the book helpful for explaining some things about understanding how to simplify a subject and conceptualize a landscape painting. The illustrations are often black and white, so I gave 4 stars, and it was definitely years ago, so the wording can be quaint. But on the whole I gained some insight and some new ways of thinking about organizing a painting, so it was a worthwhile read.
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Harold Roth
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Pair with Albala and Carlson, and you have everything you need on landscape painting technique
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2015
I would put this together with Mitchell Albala''s book in terms of helpfulness and beautiful images (and in fact Albala has a couple of paintings in this one, and I love his work, but I especially enjoyed the works here by Renato Muccillo). Although I paint in acrylics, not... See more
I would put this together with Mitchell Albala''s book in terms of helpfulness and beautiful images (and in fact Albala has a couple of paintings in this one, and I love his work, but I especially enjoyed the works here by Renato Muccillo). Although I paint in acrylics, not oils, I''ve been struggling with techniques I relied on in watercolor that don''t work as well in acrylic. Most acrylic painting books seem to focus on gimmicks like gold leaf or carving shapes in gesso, and that is not what I want to do. I''ve looked at some other books on oil painting but they often relied on wet-in-wet and/or painterly techniques, which is not something I want to do with acrylics. I could see right away that this book gives many examples of the painter working over a dry layer, which is what I do, so these are techniques I can use. I have seen many examples of so-called Old Master type painting that involves toning the support, but I had not seen any colors used for that besides grays and earths. This is the first time I saw someone toning with cadmium orange. Right away I wanted to try that. I also appreciated the description of a flake white hue made from 1 parts titanium and 2 parts zinc. I have just begun working with white (since it''s a no-no in watercolor, I never used it until the past year or so), and this formulation I will definitely try. The step-by-step paintings of clouds are especially helpful. Lots of good stuff here!
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Mimi in Indiana
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Beautiful Book on Oil Painting
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2018
A beautiful dust cover on this hard backed book. This book is an engaging and successful how-to book on painting landscapes in oil. Extensive coverage in a step wise approach. As a neophyte in this medium and having previously worked in watercolors, I found the... See more
A beautiful dust cover on this hard backed book. This book is an engaging and successful how-to book on painting landscapes in oil. Extensive coverage in a step wise approach. As a neophyte in this medium and having previously worked in watercolors, I found the information very concise and "do-able". I am inspired to get started in this course. The example paintings are from a variety of artists and are beautiful and expert paintings. Very pleased with this purchase it will have a treasured place in my repertoire and library of art instruction books.
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Greta Olson
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A generous author in terms of color and technique.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
I am a huge fan of Suzanne Brooker. She is probably one of the most generous authors in painting out there. I own all of her books. I will keep buying them if she keeps writing them. I think that the most interesting aspect of her books for me is the use of color theory... See more
I am a huge fan of Suzanne Brooker. She is probably one of the most generous authors in painting out there. I own all of her books. I will keep buying them if she keeps writing them. I think that the most interesting aspect of her books for me is the use of color theory that is woven throughout. The use of underpainting in particular. She has also included painters that I have been totally unaware of. These are people that aren’t a part of the New York scene where I lived for thirty years. But, wow, are they interesting. Her books are well worth investing in.
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Not just for painters
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2015
I imagine most people purchasing this book are painters interested in improving their art, which clearly was the author''s target readership. But this is also a fantastic book for non-painters like me, because it helps reveal some of the mystery that goes into creating a... See more
I imagine most people purchasing this book are painters interested in improving their art, which clearly was the author''s target readership. But this is also a fantastic book for non-painters like me, because it helps reveal some of the mystery that goes into creating a painting. It''s also a fine reminder that painting, like any other art, is not just a matter of inspiration and creativity. A great deal of hard work and technical skill, honed through years of practice, goes into any decent painting. The more one knows about that, whether they themselves paint or not, the more he or she can appreciate paintings and the people who create them.
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Devene3
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Cover art does not represent the inside?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2020
I am a painter and getting more books on oil painting. The author and painter of this books work is not on the cover. So it’s misleading and uninspiring if then 60% of the book is not to your taste. I can see it’s helpful but personally I’m not keen on her style. Her work...See more
I am a painter and getting more books on oil painting. The author and painter of this books work is not on the cover. So it’s misleading and uninspiring if then 60% of the book is not to your taste. I can see it’s helpful but personally I’m not keen on her style. Her work should be on the cover at least?
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Anna Murphy
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I like the hints and comments and suggestions sprinkled throughout the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2015
This book is one of the most helpful books I have come across since I took up oil painting six years ago. I have been attending classes and would now consider myself as at intermediate stage. It is very well written by an accomplished teacher who loves and understands...See more
This book is one of the most helpful books I have come across since I took up oil painting six years ago. I have been attending classes and would now consider myself as at intermediate stage. It is very well written by an accomplished teacher who loves and understands nature and has I think an empathy with her students. How to paint the individual elements and pull them all together is just what I need. I like the hints and comments and suggestions sprinkled throughout the book. Including examples of other accomplished artists and their approach to different aspects together with Suzanne Brooker''s own demonstration work I find most interesting and helpful. Breaking down the elements of the landscape gives a new emphasis to my understanding of it and gives me a renewed enthusiasm to be more successful in my painting. This book together with James Gurney''s book on Light& Color are the best guidelines I have found most helpful to date.
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kit kindall
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The best book on landscape in oil.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2019
THIS BOOK IS ALL YOU NEED. The last time I squeezed a tube of open oil paint was twenty years ago. I got the urge to revisit my interest in landscape painting only recently, and decided I needed to recap on mixing and techniques... So I purchased book after book on the...See more
THIS BOOK IS ALL YOU NEED. The last time I squeezed a tube of open oil paint was twenty years ago. I got the urge to revisit my interest in landscape painting only recently, and decided I needed to recap on mixing and techniques... So I purchased book after book on the subject, and slowly filled up one shelf of the bookcase. A few book''s I found quite helpfull, but none had that something special, a book that actually explained the magic of oil painting. Then I purchased this book, and finally I had it, a key that unlocked all those Questions I wanted answers to.The book is a tad on the top end of some people''s book budget, but the information in this book is second to none. Those of you that have unanswered questions (like me) need only buy one book.
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Esther Wintringham
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It is absolutely excellent and Suzanne goes into such detail it is amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2016
This book is a college course in a book. It is absolutely excellent and Suzanne goes into such detail it is amazing. She is a very confident writer and you feel she is speaking directly to you, rather than you reading it in a book. Am looking forward to doing some really...See more
This book is a college course in a book. It is absolutely excellent and Suzanne goes into such detail it is amazing. She is a very confident writer and you feel she is speaking directly to you, rather than you reading it in a book. Am looking forward to doing some really good paintings following her teaching.
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Jennifer Tyson
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It is quite a dense read but full of useful information. A lot of reading for the number ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 11, 2016
This is a serious instruction book for the intermediate painter, not for a real beginner. It is quite a dense read but full of useful information. A lot of reading for the number of illustrations or examples to copy. I learnt a lot by going through it one small section at a...See more
This is a serious instruction book for the intermediate painter, not for a real beginner. It is quite a dense read but full of useful information. A lot of reading for the number of illustrations or examples to copy. I learnt a lot by going through it one small section at a time
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