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Intuitive light : an emotional approach to capturing the illusion of value, form, color and space
Handell, Albert, 1937-
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 1995.

Includes index.
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ND1484 .H36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Albert Handell and Leslie Trainor Handell take the artist s perception of light to new heights in Intuitive Light by breaking down the science of light into basic, easy-to-understand concepts. They explore such areas as perceiving and interpreting the visual world, reality and illusion, mood and atmosphere. Each of the book s four parts is written so that you can read it from beginning to end or focus on specific topics. Either way, you gain a complete understanding of the subject.

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Library Journal Review

Paintings often succeed or fail according to how light is handled, and consequently several books address this perennial issue. A full-time artist and international teacher, Carr shares what she has learned about mastering light to create depth, form, mood, and atmosphere. She offers 12 step-by-step demonstrations, in both watercolors and oils, but the book covers much the same territory as similar titles. The Handells take a more comprehensive look at the subject, alternating between the theoretical and the spiritual. Four chapters cover "Seeing Light," "The Nature of Light," "Technical Considerations in Painting Light," and "Capturing the Illusion of Light." The book, which is illustrated largely with pastels, would have benefited from broader examples of media. Nonetheless, it's a better purchase than Carr's effort, as it brings creative excitement to the field. It also provides meaty, practical background information to complement portfolio volumes like Rachel Rubin Wolf's Splash 7: A Celebration of Light. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.