Capturing Radiant Light & Color in Oils and Pastels

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North Light Books, Feb 16, 2007 - Art - 128 pages
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"Everything was alive, pulsing with light and color."—Susan Sarback

This is more than a how-to-paint book. It's a how-to-see book...specifically, how to tune in to nature's glorious subtleties of light and color.

Forget complex theories. "Full-Color Seeing" is based on direct observation. It's about overcoming preconceptions and perceiving true color based on the colors that surround it, the way light hits it, time of day, season, weather conditions, and too many other factors for a mere formula to incorporate. You'll learn to see your subject—any subject—just as life truly presents it to you. This is the secret to capturing the living, breathing sense of atmosphere so celebrated in the works of the Impressionist painters.

A revision of Susan Sarbacks' illuminating Capturing Radiant Color in Oils, this book offers twelve more years of fresh insights, new paintings and expanded coverage on soft pastels. The concepts explored here have been handed down through generations of artists: Sarback was taught "Full-Color Seeing" by master painter Henry Hensche, who learned it from Charles Hawthorne, a contemporary of Claude Monet. This step-by-step approach will add greater vitality to your artwork and forever change the way you see.


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About the author (2007)

Susan Sarback is the founder of the School of Light and Color in Fair Oaks, California. She has lectured about color at over 100 art schools, museums, universities and art associations and taught workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has appeared in The Artist's Magazine and American Artist, as well as other publications.

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