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Color and light : a guide for the realist painter

Author: James Gurney
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews McMeel Publishing, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Gurney
ISBN: 9780740797712 0740797719
OCLC Number: 555648023
Description: 222 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Tradition : Old masters' color ; The academic tradition ; Open-air painting in Britain ; The Hudson River School ; Plein-air movements ; Symbolist dreams ; Magazine illustration --
Sources of light : Direct sunlight ; Overcast light ; Window light ; Candlelight and firelight ; Indoor electric light ; Streetlights and night conditions ; Luminescence ; Hidden light sources --
Light and form : the form principle ; Separation of light and shadow ; Cast shadows ; Half shadows ; Occlusion shadows ; Three-quarter lighting ; Frontal lighting ; Edge lighting ; Contre jour ; Light from below ; Reflected light ; Spotlighting ; Limitations of the form principle --
Elements of color : Rethinking the color wheel ; Chroma and value ; Local color ; Grays and neutrals ; The green problem ; Gradation ; Tints --
Paint and pigments : The search for pigments ; Charting pigments ; Lightfastness ; Warm underpainting ; Sky panels ; Transparency and glazing ; Palette arrangements ; Limited palettes ; The mud debate --
Color relationships : Monochromatic schemes ; Warm and cool ; Colored light interactions ; Triads ; Color accent --
Premixing : Mixing color strings ; Gamut mapping ; Creating gamut masks ; Shapes of color schemes ; Mixing a controlled gamut ; Color scripting --
Visual perception : A world without color ; Is moonlight blue? ; Edges and depth ; Color oppositions ; Color constancy ; Adaptation and contrast ; Appetizing and healing colors --
Surfaces and effects : Transmitted light ; Subsurface scattering ; Color zones of the face ; The hair secret ; Caustics ; Specular reflections ; Highlights ; Color corona ; Motion blur ; Photos vs. observation --
Atmospheric effects : Sky blue ; Atmospheric perspective ; Reverse atmospheric perspective ; Golden hour lighting ; Sunset ; Fog, mist, smoke, dust ; Rainbows ; Skyholes and foliage ; Sunbeams and shadowbeams ; Dappled light ; Cloud shadows ; Illuminated foreground ; Snow and ice ; Water: reflection and transparency ; Mountain streams ; Color underwater --
Light's changing show : Serial painting ; At the end of the day --
Resources : Glossary ; Pigment information.
Responsibility: James Gurney.
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A researched study on art's most fundamental themes, Colour and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge.  Read more...

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This is a terrific book, highly recommended not only for young artists but anyone with an interest in traditional art technique. (Karen Haber, Locus) Dinotopia author and plein-air painter Gurney Read more...

 
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