An Amazon top-ten bestseller for over 100 weeks, this book examines the realist painter’s most fundamental tools: color and light. The book bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge, providing useful information about sources of light, color relationships, pigments, backyard optics, visual perception, surfaces and effects, and atmospheric conditions.
“This book slices though the confusing and often contradictory dogma about color with laser-like precision and backs it all up with some astonishing examples of Gurney’s own paintings as well as with a welcome (if brief) survey of under-appreciated masters who perfected how light reveals form and content.”
—Spectrum Fantastic Arts
“Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter will take a place as a new standard text among books on color, destined to be a fixture on the bookshelves of painters and illustrators for years to come.”
—Charley Parker, Lines and Colors
“Color and Light is destined to become the new standard for artists from beginners to even the experienced artist looking to hone their skills or pick up authoritative information on any of the multitude of problems that an oil painter may encounter while practicing their craft.”
—Vincent Miller, International Artist
“Any single book on this subject can only be an introduction, but what an introduction this is! I'm quite certain that Color and Light will mark the beginning of the end for the simplistic approach to color that still predominates in art teaching. If you are an art or design student, get this book, study it, and then pester your teachers ceaselessly until THEY study it.”
—David Briggs, Dimensions of Color
224 pages, softcover, 9 x 10.5 inches. Over 300 illustrations in full color. Signed by the author.