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Dramatic Color in the Landscape

Painting Land and Light in Oil and Pastel

By Brian Keeler

SKU# GROUP-U2958-U2961

You’ll love this landscape painting book if:

  • You want to master the use of color in your landscape paintings
  • You’d like to learn how to more effectively portray landscapes in either oil or pastel (or both)
  • You want to explore different elements of painting, like composition, format, and perspective

Dramatic Color in the Landscape by Brian Keeler will help you fill your paintings with brilliant color for favorite seasonal settings and interesting lighting situations such as winter landscapes, spring light, summer scenes, fall foliage, lush greens, sunrise, shady spots, and more. Not only will you find a large variety of art examples, but also basic advice on materials, along with 10 detailed step-by-step lessons to improve your art. Discover information on inspiration, the color wheel, preliminary sketches, creative color combinations, color temperature, composition, perspective, techniques, finishing, and more for oil and pastel.

Begin with an exploration of basic color terms, theories, and ideas in order to help you articulate your artistic vision, then jump into the manipulation of color for more expressive or dramatic interpretations of different landscapes. Find out which compositions and formats best suit particular scenes, and learn how to arrange depictions of the sky to reflect your artistic vision. Apply perspective concepts to your landscape painting, and master a variety of techniques that will help you create more realistic imagery. Whether you prefer oil or pastel for your landscape painting, you’ll find a plethora of techniques, advice, and examples to guide your journey through creating dramatic color in different scenes.

In Dramatic Color in the Landscape you’ll find:

  • 10 step-by-step demonstrations on color use, composition, perspective, and more
  • An exploration of basic color terms, theories, and ideas
  • Visual examples of the different techniques and concepts discussed

A word from the author:

“Learning to take risks is an essential aspect of being creative with color, and in this book, I will show you how taking those risks—armed with increased knowledge and your own intuition—can lead to lasting visual impressions.” —Brian Keeler

About the author:

Brian Keeler paints landscapes, still life, figures and portraits in oil, pastel and watercolor; his teaching includes giving workshops at various schools and art associations as well as courses at Keystone College. His work is represented at several galleries and has appeared in feature articles in American Artist magazine and Pastelogram.


Materials for the Landscape Artist
1: Getting Better Acquainted with Color
2: Making Color Dramatic
3: Expressing Through Composition & format
4: Painting Skies, Clouds & Light
5: Conveying Perspective
Dedication and Acknowledgments
About the Author

SKU GROUP-U2958-U2961
Author/Speaker/Editor Brian Keeler
ISBN 13 9781440329326
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Beautiful use of color Review by Connie

I love Brian's use of color. He has shown me that there is no limit to the amount of color that can be used if done wisely. My only complaint with the book is that it is advertised as 'oil and pastel', but there is not much pastel in it.

(Posted on 5/16/2014)

Gorgeous Review by Brittany

An absolutely beautiful book that gives so much detail on how to manipulate land, light and even sky into perfect paintings. Each step-by-step goes into great depth and the author does a great job of explaining why he makes the choices that that he does for creating each painting, it really helps to clarify what the best oil and pastel practices are for getting the most out of your painting.

(Posted on 4/11/2014)

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