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Painting the Impressionist Landscape PAINTING THE IMPRESSIONIST LANDSCAPE

My first book, Painting the Impressionist Landscape, was published in 1994 by Watson-Guptill Publications. It sold out three hard copy printings, and I am honored to say it is still available in paperback on

The first part of Painting the Impressionist Landscape explores the history of Impressionism. By understanding how and why it developed, artists can easily start applying the principles of color and light into their own paintings.

The second half of the book offers detailed instruction on what is necessary for successful painting. With 6 step by step demonstrations, Impressionist color is integrated into these lessons at the same time.

Painting the Impressionist Landscape has been called " A true classic of art instruction."


I am delighted to announce that my new book, Painting Impressionist Color is now available at

After meeting hundreds of artists who either studied with me or read my first book, I was startled to discover that they believed that Impressionist color was a different approach to all other painting styles.

Impressionism" is not an isolated movement, but is the foundation of color in contemporary realism. All artists painting realistically outdoors, or “en plein air’ have been influenced by Impressionist color. Plein air societies have sprung up all over the United States with artists are taking to the fields shedding the confines of studio work.

Painting Impressionist Color will show that Impressionism is not, and has never been, a separate painting method. It is the foundation of all contemporary realistic painting. It will help you enhance your color no matter what your style or approach. With hundreds of images and 10 demos, I hope you will find my new book to be the perfect addition to your Impressionist library.

Following is the Ad used by Watson-Guptill to announce the publication of my first book in Paperback format. Click on the image for an enlargement.

Painting Impressionist Color - click for an enlarged version

Provincetown Banner Review - 1-26-11

I received a fabulous review from the Provincetown Banner
for Painting Impressionist Color on January 26, 2011.
Click on the image at left for an enlarged version.

Some comments received on my book and videos:

"Received your third video and have watched it several times, each time gaining more understanding. Your instruction is clear and precise as usual.

When I purchased your book in 1995, I started to see color as never before and to finally understand what Charles Hawthorne was talking about in his book, which I had read previously.

"Of all the art books that I've purchased over the years (I must have close to a hundred) yours has helped me the most. Likewise with your videos. I hope you do more of both. They are so helpful. Thanks again."

J. W.
Chicago, IL


I got the new video early this week and it's the best video I've seen yet.

Your information and demonstration of impressionistic technique and problem solving is great. Even with only a quick first time run through I picked up much and can tell there'll be more on the "reruns." Thank you."

A. L.
Austin, Texas

"Dynamic....Exciting....Lucious.....Yummy.....Juicy, best of all such a great and valuable workshop experience all in two hours...but a lifetime of study material. As you was worth the wait."

Thank you Lois,
R. F.
Clear Oaks, California

"Your new video is "FABULOUS"!

I think you have given any student of painting, truly a place to start painting their subject and a pathway to its successful conclusion. What a great video, with all the hints and informative ideas you provided."

D. D.
New Hampshire

"I want to thank you for the wonderful book "Painting the Impressionist Landscape". I have been an illustrator for 20 years and teach figure drawing on the west coast. Your book opened my eyes."

J. B., California

"I'm a beginner in painting. I just wanted to say that I love your book "Painting the Impressionist landscape." Thank you for writing it. I've been through many painting books, but none was as useful as yours was in the training of and deciphering color."

K.C., San Diego

"Your book and videos are excellent and have opened up my world to color.....I'm even dreaming in vivid color now... Thank you Lois for opening up eyes."


"I just wanted to thank you for a very insightful, video. I enjoyed it so much I just ordered the second video. You come across as very confident and skilled and you pack a whole lot into two hours. thanks also for the great visuals. I am very pleased with the tape and will watch it again until I absorb every detail. Thanks again."

Bill C.


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