Though there are a few brief demonstration pages, this isn't one of those step-by-step spoon-feeding, how-to books; rather, it mainly offers good technical advice, addresses a wide range of landscape topics and generally does it`s work by providing copious examples of Handell`s own bold and broadly-painted work - there are about 150 good sized colour illustrations. Some aspects are a bit Americentric - suppliers, references to artists and societies etc., aren`t particularly relevant to UK readers - but the painting advice and examples are applicable no matter where you chose to work.
I teach art; I bought this as much for myself as for use with my students; it is a book that should prove valuable to anyone who uses traditional dry pastel or is just coming to the medium. It`s also the kind of reference I prefer to see students using as it leaves them to work from inspired example rather than just "build the Airfix kit" as a colleague once put it. I appreciate that this book may not be explanatory enough for the complete beginner, but I really couldn't see anyone fail to gain something from it. Use the "look inside" option if it`s available to see if the author`s approach appeals to you. Highly recommended.