Albert Handell: In The Cedar Grove At Point Lobos. Watch and listen as Master Pastelist Albert Handell works in his studio combining several reference photographs to paint
In The Cedar Grove At Point Lobos.
Mr. Handell demonstrates and explains his technique by first developing the composition and drawing with a pencil on sanded pastel paper. Next, he creates a watercolor underpainting to establish the color harmony and value pattern. See close up how he demonstrates the importance of “the touch” as he layers pastels and works with various colors of similar value to achieve luminous passages with sharp and “sleepy” edges. As the video flows Mr. Handell pauses to explain in detail what he has done in the drawing, underpainting, and painting process. See how he adds “sparkle” with his finishing touches.
ALBERT HANDELL was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937. At an early age, a favorite activity of his was drawing with chalks on the city streets. He began formal studies of drawing and anatomy at the age of sixteen. In 1954, he enrolled at the Art Students League of New York City to study drawing and anatomy with the late Louis Priscilla and the late Robert Ward Johnson, and later studied painting for two years with Frank Mason. From 1961 to 1965, Mr. Handell lived and traveled in Europe. In Paris, he painted independently in his own studio, working from the model at L'Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere and at the Louvre, copying the old masters.
Since 1961, he has had over thirty one-man shows and has received over seventy prizes and awards. Mr. Handell has received grants from the John F. and Anna Lee Stacy Foundation and from the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation, Montreal Canada. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections and museums.
Mr. Handell now exhibits with the Ventana Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where, since 1987, he has had annual one-man shows.
For a period of fifteen years, 1960-1975, Albert Handell's pastels were included in every book published on pastels in the U.S.A. His pastels enjoy international reputation