Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes

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William F. Powell

Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes features master mixes for an array of landscape colors in oil and acrylic, from skies and clouds to trees and mountains.

This comprehensive artist’s reference features a robust index of more than 1,500 landscape subjects that correspond to the featured color mixing swatches. Also included are a plastic color-mixing grid for measuring out paints and a handy conversion chart for finding acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa.

Follow these four simple steps to mix more than 500 color combinations:

  1. Look in the Color Guidance Index for the subject you want to paint—for example, “Lilac, purplish.”
  2. Find the Color Recipe with the subject’s recipe number (“268”) and a photo of the actual paint mixture.
  3. Use the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color.
  4. Mix the color. It’s that easy!


Learn how to create the colors of these and more subjects in oil and acrylic paint:

  • Numerous varieties of flowers
  • Mountains, including their bases, shadows, highlights, and hazes
  • Sands, clays, and gravels
  • Sea, ocean, surf, foam, and fog
  • Skies and clouds at various times of day and night
  • Trees, including foliage and trunk colors for numerous broadleaf and coniferous varieties
  • Many species of wildlife, animals, and birds


This useful book also discusses how color is influenced by the time of day, the angle of the sun, and changing seasons, making it a must-have in every oil and acrylic artist’s reference library.

Walter Foster’s best-selling Color Mixing Recipes series also includes Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor, Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits, and Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic. These books contain hundreds of precise color mixing combinations for realistic results, as well as acetate grids for measuring paint units.

PRICE: $12.95 / Can$17.95 / £9.99

MEDIUM: Painting

SERIES: Color Mixing Recipes

FORMAT: Hardback

ISBN: 9781600582660

SIZE: 6.5 in x 9.75in / 165.1mm x 247.65 mm

PUBLISHED: April 30, 2012

William F. Powell was an internationally recognized artist and one of America’s foremost colorists. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Bill studied at the Art Student’s Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. He was professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and technical illustrations for more than 45 years. His experience as an art instructor included oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel—with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. He also authored a number of art instruction books, including several popular Walter Foster titles. As a renowned master of color, Bill conducted numerous “Color Mixing and Theory” workshops in various cities throughout the U.S. His expertise in color theory also led him to author and illustrate several articles and an educational series of 11 articles entitled “Color in Perspective” for a national art magazine. Additionally, he performed as an art consultant for national space programs and for several artist’s paint manufacturers. Bill’s work also included the creation of background sets for films, model making, animated cartoons, and animated films for computer mockup programs. He produced instructional painting, color mixing, and drawing art videos.

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