|John F Carlson|
There are books devoted to composition - some are heavy and frankly overkill. I will not include them. I will include those that are on composition that do a good job and are a joy to read.
Many of the books are more general in nature but have a section on composition that, in my opinion, is good and that the over all content of the book is good. Most are based on oils- not acrylics - but the medium has no bearing on the content. The last is a recent watercolor book and is a very good book for plein air and composition in any medium. You can get complete info and ratings on any of these books from Amazon.
The two I mentioned in the demo are "golden oldies" and really " must haves" for the serious developing artists. Carlson's is available and very inexpensive. You won't be impressed until you start reading it. When you do be sure to Google for images of his paintings in colour to go along with the book which is black and white.
The other jem is Edgar Payes. You might have trouble finding it. It keeps going out of print but his daughter has had at least two re printings. I found two in a used book store.
- Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting. John F. Carlson, 1929
- Composition of Outdoor Painting. Edgar A. Payne, 1941
Recent books I like for their content on composition:
- Mastering Composition. Ian Roberts, 2007 (includes good DVD on composition)
- Landscape Painting. Mitchell Albala, 2009
- The Simple Secret to Better Painting. Greg Albert, 2003
- Oil Paintings with Light and Colour. Kevin MacPherson, 1997
- Landscape Painting Inside and Out. Kevin MacPherson, 2006
- Powerful Watercolor Landscapes. Catherine Gill, 2011 (watercolour but great book for all landscape mediums)
Because the demo was acrylics a few good acrylic landscape books I like are:
- Acrylic Landscape Painting Techniques. Hugh Greer, 2002
- Water Media Painting. Stephen Quiller 2008
- Acrylic Painting Techniques. Stephen Quiller , 1994
- The Acrylic Painters Book of Style and Techniques. Rachel Rubin Wolf, ed. 1997
- Colour Choices – Making Color Sense out of Color Theory. Stephen Quiller, 1989
- Capturing Light in Acrylics. John Hammond, 2004
- Free Expression in Acrylics. John Hammond, 2008
- Acrylics the Watercolour Alternative. Charles Harrington, 2005
- Acrylic Painting Techniques. Earl Killeen, 1995