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Painter's Guide to Color Paperback – September 1, 1999
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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.
"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.
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..)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have painted in watercolor for years, but find many new insights in this book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It did not include the Quiller Wheel.. it had been torn out of the book.
The Quiller concept and book are quite good.
It is a wonderful reference book that allows the artist to control color harmonies that evoke the right mood. Excellent.Published 21 months ago by Judith A. Anderson
Great insight into colour theory. Nice job on the printing too.Published 22 months ago by K L Craig
This is the book for what to mix with what to get what. When you don't have a color and can't remember how to mix one this is very valuable.Published on April 26, 2014 by loree Vial
Good book for the intermediate or advanced artist on learning all about color mixing. Techniques for achieving good value contrasts, etc and painting styles included.Published on February 2, 2014 by Sylvia Smith