Learn the secrets of seeing like the impressionist painters and how to apply that vision, step by step, to your own paintings.
A 127-page paperback book by Susan Sarback.
Practising the lessons in this book, oil painters and pastel painters will learn new ways of seeing and painting light and colour, expanding their colour perception and learn to bring this new awareness into their paintings. The author uses the “Full-Colour Seeing” method, a way to see and paint colour as affected by the surrounding light. The book contains examples and demonstrations of landscapes and still lifes so readers will learn how to interpret this method of seeing to any subject. Particularly useful if you are interested in pastel or palette knife painting.
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 colour. Forget complex theories, “Full-Colour Seeing” is based on direct observation. It’s about overcoming preconceptions and perceiving true colour based on the colours 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 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-Colour 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. The method is explained clearly and logically with many step-by-step demonstrations with clear explanations.
Susan Sarback, artist, author, and art instructor, creates paintings that are about the quality of light. Her subjects are mostly landscapes, some still life and figures. As she says: “My paintings are mainly about light, color, atmosphere, and space. Rather than impose, I attempt to be receptive to the light, form, and
rhythm of the moment. Refining subtle variations of form and color help me capture this quality of light. Over the years my work has evolved but mainly centers on refined visual perception. I respond to subtle qualities and make them apparent through suggestion rather than description. I love to see how these elusive qualities can capture the essence of a feeling, a time, or a place.”
Susan Sarback is the founder of The School of Light & Color in Fair Oaks, California where students from all parts of the world come to attend weekly classes and workshops. Since 1986, she has led painting workshops and classes throughout the U.S. and Europe to teach her unique approach to light and colour. Check her website for upcoming workshops.
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Image at the top:
oil, 16×20 inches
by Susan Sarback
from the book Capturing Radiant Light and Color in Oils and Soft Pastels