Book Review: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light is the latest book from James Gurney and it's fantastic. It is a very accessible guide that's filled with interesting and useful information on color and light. It's fortunate we have so many colors today at our disposable, and now with this book, something to help make sense of them.

The book talks about color in a very practical sense, as you would see them in life. The lessons are observations of light and colors from James Gurney's years of painting experience. He brings his points across with his own beautiful paintings as examples, clearly explaining why and how he uses colors. It amazes me the amount of work James Gurney has created over the years, and this book is filled with them, from his plein-air to Dinopedia paintings.

There are lessons on sources of light, light and form, understanding the color wheel, how light reacts with surfaces and other elements, and visual perception. You'll learn interesting things like why the moon looks blue, when happens to light when it travels through green canopy, tips on mixing colors, and a whole lot more. There are lots of tips and techniques included. The book is also well researched and I enjoy reading the history of color as they were used in the past by other artists.

It's really a no-brainer to pick this up if you're into creating art, or even if you just want to check out the beautiful paintings in the book.

Highly recommended reference. And you should also check out his other book Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.

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I had this book on my wish

I had this book on my wish list before it was even out and was lucky enough to get it for Christmas. I think I can actually feel my head swelling with knowledge while reading this. I'm so glad to finally have it. James Gurney is certainly an artist's artist.

I've seen this book being

I've seen this book being promoted on other art websites as well as parka blogs. Went to kino to get it and the saleslady immediately knew which book I was talking about when I asked. She informed me that it was selling like hotcakes the past week and was previously sold out. I was lucky enough to get the new stock.

Maybe it's the power of parka blogs (:

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