Composition of Outdoor Painting 7th Edition
Author: Edgar Alwin Payne
Publisher: DeRu’s Fine Arts, CA, 2005
“The most important ally in the study of painting is the art of thinking. Excepting natural talent or genius, individuality in thought is, without a doubt, the greatest single factor in creative work.” With this principle in mind, Edgar Payne, the landscape painter well known for his monumental views of mountains and canyons, sets out his rules of composition. This is a classic of art instruction treatises, always in demand. Payne outlines his philosophy of art and presents a clearly organized approach to the technique of composition, covering such issues as preliminary sketches, color as an element of composition, perspective, rhythm, and line. Color and black and white plates of Payne’s and other artists’ paintings and Payne’s ingenious thumbnail diagrams accompany the lessons. It’s an invaluable tool for understanding Payne’s own compositions and the motives behind them. This is the sixth edition of the original 1941 publication, and contains addenda by the artist’s daughter, Evelyn Payne Hatcher.