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Painting the Impressionist Watercolor
Arts & Activities,  April, 2005  by Jerome J. Hausman

PAINTING THE IMPRESSIONIST WATERCOLOR (2004, $24.95) by Lee Boynton and Linda Gottlieb. Watson-Guptill Publications, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.

This is a "how-to-do-it" book designed for beginning and experienced artists. As such, it could serve as a source of frustration for elementary and middle-school students. It offers detailed insights into the teaching of Lee Boynton, an experienced teacher at the Cape Cod School of Art. As the author put it: "This book is intended to introduce you to several key concepts and a method of watercolor painting." The book begins with a brief section "Impressionism: Painting Light": "the primary aim of the Impressionist painter is expressing the effect of light upon the objects in the scene." There are summary references to Claude Monet and Childe Hassam as well as American Impressionists painters associated with the Cape Cod School. This is followed by discussion of "getting ready to print," "light and shadow," "value" and sonic demonstrations: block studies, the sill life and advanced composition. The book is clearly written and well illustrated. It is interesting to note the co-author, Linda Gottlieb is a student of Lee Boynton.--J.J.H. For information about this publication, circle No. 389 on the Reader Service Card.

COPYRIGHT 2005 Publishers' Development Corporation
COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group

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