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Reading this made me angry....
on 22 July 2014
I'm truly disappointed by this book. First of all the author divides painters to Colorists and others whom base art on Value, claiming that values is not that important anymore. And later saying "all artists are Colorists at the heart" why inventing division and later unite them after all? This book is full of ideas but I didn't found explanation of anything. Analysis of paintings in this book does not explains why harmony and color works in examples, It's mostly artsy mumbo jumbo. I feel this books pull away from making art, exercises are time consuming and useless for representative artists in my opinion, and you are expected to own shop with paints, so many different pigments are required. Text is wrote clumsy and selectively, so often refer you to "find it in internet". Designers and contemporary artists, and maybe artists with art-block might find it more interesting, because how I said, the book is more like journal of personal ideas and force reader to analyzing and thinking, without imposing opinions. I'm disappointed mostly because I read other far better books about color theory - better read James Gurney or Andrew Loomis books first, and leave this one as a curiosity.