The late, great, and very mellow Bob Ross amazed a generation of PBS viewers with his ability to dab, daub and swipe color on canvas and seemingly magically transform that blank slate into a beautiful painting. At the heart of the Ross “magic” was breaking down the overall painting into its most basic elements and in the end it is the sum of those elements that end up in the final painting.
Artist, teacher and author Suzanne Brooker offers up insights into how to break landscapes down to the basics and build things up step by step to the finished project in The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees, and Water.
Brooker certainly has the skillset to demonstrate the techniques she describes with her own brush, but she delves deeper into demonstrating the skill by utilizes other artists work as examples. By stripping things down Brooker can help the beginner to develop basic skills and the more advanced painter to refine and hone their skills.
Both beautiful and useful, The Elements of Landscape Oil Painting: Techniques for Rendering Sky, Terrain, Trees, and Water makes for a great choice for painters at all levels of skill.