Painting the Impressionist Landscape: Lessons in Interpreting Light and Color

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Master Impressionism with an art-instruction classic. Impressionism has inspired generations of American artists. And no one has done more for the cause of American Impressionism than Charles Hawthorne, the founder of the Cape Cod School of Art. In Painting the Impressionist Landscape, author and artist Lois Griffel explores Hawthorne’s theories about color and light in depth. Griffel, the longtime director of the school Hawthorne founded, teaches his philosophy like no other painter can, with inspiring ...
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Overview

Master Impressionism with an art-instruction classic. Impressionism has inspired generations of American artists. And no one has done more for the cause of American Impressionism than Charles Hawthorne, the founder of the Cape Cod School of Art. In Painting the Impressionist Landscape, author and artist Lois Griffel explores Hawthorne’s theories about color and light in depth. Griffel, the longtime director of the school Hawthorne founded, teaches his philosophy like no other painter can, with inspiring step-by-step painting lessons and illuminating text. A true classic of art instruction, Painting the Impressionist Landscape has sold more than 30,000 copies in hardcover in the fifteen years since it was first published. Now a new generation of painters can bring impressionism into their work with this convenient and affordable paperback edition.
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In the late 1980s, Griffel became the director of the famed Cape Cod School of Art, the foremost center for the study of American impressionism, continuing the legacy of its founder, impressionist Charles Hawthorne, whose philosophy and theories about color and light influenced a century of great American impressionists. Here, she emphasizes how the delicacy and subtlety of light within a subject can be captured in a painting. The original hardback edition has become something of a classic since its 1994 publication. This first-ever paperback version is highly recommended for all libraries. For a detailed look at the techniques of perhaps the greatest impressionist, see James Heard's Paint Like Monet.


—Daniel Lombardo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823095193
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 466,573
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Griffel’s lifelong interest in art began at the age of five, when she first entertained neighborhood children with her drawings and paintings. She discovered early in her career that she enjoyed teaching and attended Southern Connecticut State College in order to receive her bachelor of science degree in education. Later, while making her living as a portrait painter, she enrolled at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York, where she studied with many outstanding artists, including Everett Raymond Kinstler and Harvey Dinnerstein. Her introduction in the early 1970s to Henry Hensche, Charles Hawthorne’s protégé, led to her in-depth study and practice of the impressionist theory of painting. As director and instructor at The Cape Cod School of Art, it gives her great joy to combine her loves of teaching and painting, and to share them with enthusiastic students. Ms. Griffel has had a number of one-person exhibitions throughout New England, and has been included in invitational exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Carmel, California. She holds workshops in landscape, portrait, and figure painting throughout the northeast.
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