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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823039137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823039135
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Quiller, author of the best-sellers Color Choices and Acrylic Painting Techniques, has received international acclaim for his work and is now a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic, among others. Stephen lives in Creede, Colorado.

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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By drollere on May 19, 2000
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this is stephen quiller's sequel to "color choices" with the addition of new information about neutral mixtures (Jean Dobie's "mouse power"), color value and intensity (saturation), color families, "mother color", and the latest version of quiller's color mixing wheel, one of the best available. but i was disappointed. the book suffers from a mechanical approach to color mixing or color families -- in some cases, the text of captions or whole sections is identical, with color keywords repeatedly changed. this edition deletes some of the best chapters in "color choices," such as the chapter on "finding your own vision," adding in its place a bizarre section on "color personalities" (each mixed color is associated with adjectives such as "noble" or "playful"). and quiller recommends a 28-paint (!) palette, which will create more confusion for a painter (especially a beginning painter) than all the mixing instructions can clear away. i suggest you browse this book before you buy it: "color choices" is better overall, and you can order quiller's revised color wheel from him directly, on a plastic card that is more durable than the tear-out version that comes with this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Parker on July 26, 2009
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Stephen Quiller is one of my favourite painters, and I have found his book on color to be indispensible. His supreme understanding of colour he passes on effortlessly to the reader in an easy to understood manner. His colour wheel, with its many layered variations and how they fit into the whole, is a revelation. Also his own palette and the reasons behind his choices is a must see.

The bonus is the illustrations of his theories, as manifest in his own paintings. Most of which are brilliant.

(The only thing is, I lent my copy to a fellow artist and I don't think it's going to come back..)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pentemeyer on February 10, 2010
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This book does go beyond "Color Choices" in that it is a more extensive review of the importance of value and intensity...great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2012
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Old review: I confess, I don't have this book. I was able to borrow one and read it. It is an excellent book. But even at the lowest price here, it still costs too much.
I just took a workshop from him which was mostly based on this book. He is an great teacher and willing shares his art experience. Naturally we all brought our "Quiller" books in to be signed. This was the only one I did not have. Used ones were running well over $150. Now the good news. He has the publishing rights and the book will probably be republished within two years. So unless you absolutely have to have this book right now, be patient. Jude

Update: I just purchased this book. I found it on Amazon Marketplace new for 24.98, a far more reasonable price. I agree with others that this book is an extension of "Color Choices". As stated in my earlier review this is an excellent book; it just wasn't worth the high price. No other contemporary artist, that I know of, has studied color as extensively as Stephen Quiller. He has applied his color wheel to watercolor, oil, casein, acrylic and gouache paints. And he is a master at using all of them. Not all pigments are the same. He has matched the compliments as perfectly as possible. That is the key, I think, to understanding his color wheel. I love the exercises he suggests doing. If you ever wanted to study with him but can't, get this book or any of his others and do the exercises.

I have taken over fifty workshops with at least forty different artists, as well as studying art academically. Every artist has their own palette that works for them. I am not advocating adapting his palette. I have my own palette. But the more knowledge we have about the materials we use the better we are in our art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Mortensen on December 27, 2011
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Quiller outdoes himself in this book. While "Color Choices" is a clear, concise basic color theory book, "Painter's Guide to Color" assumes the reader knows and understands those basics inside-out. So, you beginners and intermediate painters, this may not be the book for you...YET. Don't worry; you'll get there. Just be aware that "Painter's Guide..." is color theory as seen/understood/lived from a master painter's point of view. Painting isn't just a set of techniques, media, and tools; it's a way of being. That's a point of view most serious painters hope to reach eventually, and thank you, Mr. Quiller, for doing your best to put it into words. The art world has lots of books for the beginner and not enough books for more advanced painters.
"Painter's Guide..." goes more deeply into the creative use of color, explaining clearly concepts such as mother color; color value and intensity and why they are important; how to create and use grays well; and why he uses this color instead of that to achieve particular textures, effects, and emotional impact. The illustrations and explanations are clear enough that I often use this book as a teaching aid for beginning students. I just tell them that "Color Choices" will probably be a better buy for them at this point in their artistic development. Many of them have bought "Painter's Guide..." anyway, bringing questions, observations, and additional excitement to class. So browse through the book first, if you have the chance, and decide from there.
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