Painting the Landscape in Pastel

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Known for his use of luminous color, Albert Handell, whose lush landscapes light up these pages, provides lucid instructions to help first-time pastelists achieve impressive results as soon as they begin working with the medium.

After reviewing pastel supplies, the author discusses landscape composition and how to establish large shapes first, abstract certain areas, develop a focal point, work from dark to light, and capture the illusion of reality through color. Stepped ...

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Overview

Known for his use of luminous color, Albert Handell, whose lush landscapes light up these pages, provides lucid instructions to help first-time pastelists achieve impressive results as soon as they begin working with the medium.

After reviewing pastel supplies, the author discusses landscape composition and how to establish large shapes first, abstract certain areas, develop a focal point, work from dark to light, and capture the illusion of reality through color. Stepped demonstrations isolate specific landscape aspects, showing how the pastelist depicts skies, trees, buildings, water, rocks, woods, snow, and light.

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Editorial Reviews

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Focusing on landscapes produced "en plein air," master pastelist Albert Handell presents nearly 100 of his luminous compositions as illustrations for the succinct lessons he presents. Covering color, light, subject matter, composition, and technique, the authors systematically and thoroughly explain how to work with pastels. Specific, step-by-step instructions are provided for the depiction of skies, trees, water, rocks, and snow. The depiction of architecture and the simulation of the effects of the seasons are also detailed. Discussions on choosing a subject and using photography as a reference tool provide helpful and inspiring advice to the beginner as does the detailed commentary on the types of pastels and papers available, the organization of a pastel palette, and such issues as storage, packing, and framing. A helpful appendix that suggests resources for art supplies throughout the U.S.—including phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses—ensures the availability of supplies for all readers. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Watson-Guptill, 128p, illus, index, 24cm, 00-42863, $21.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Rhonda Cooper; Dir., Univ. Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823039128
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 998,561
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert Handell is a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, and was the third living artist to be inaugurated into the Pastel Hall of Fame. Since 1961, he has had over 30 one-man shows, and has received over 70 prizes and awards. Handell’s work is in numerous private, public, and museum collections. He is the author of several books on pastel and oil painting, including Oil Painting Workshop and Intuitive Light, and teaches several workshops annually. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anita Louise West began painting at an early age and was awarded a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute in painting. Her work is represented in galleries throughout the U.S. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Fantastic!

    Book is excellent. Full of great instruction. Also took his workshop. He is a genious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Disappointing

    I found Albert Handell's instructional book to be lacking concrete instruction. Many of the terms were defined by using the word he was trying to define. For example, to describe the technique of Feathering, Mr. Handell tells you to 'lightly feather over the entire area in parallel strokes.' He fails to describe how this is done. The book is full of vivid final works -- however, he offers only 3 works-in-progress to demonstrate how he achieved any of the many techniques he attempts to describe. I have read a number of art instruction books, and I found this to be one of the more lacking titles. If you are simply a fan of his works and wish to see a collection of his pieces, then you will enjoy this title. If you are looking for solid instruction in pastel painting, there are other titles which offer superior direction.

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