• Books: Edgar Payne, Composition of Outdoor Painting

    1 month ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    My own copy of Payne's book. Yes,
    I mark pages with yellow stickies. I also have underlined and highlighted lots, too.
    If Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting is the “bible” of plein air painting, I would consider Edgar Payne's Composition of Outdoor Painting to be the “bible study supplement.” You and I might define “composition” as the placement of shapes within a frame. But for Payne, it goes well beyond that. He writes in his introduction: A fine painting is a composite of all its factors and influences. Bringing these together, to form this composite, creates the process of...
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