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About the Author

Stephen Quiller graduated from Colorado State University and has been painting full-time in watermedia since 1972. His paintings are represented in many corporate, public, and private collections nationwide. Quiller has produced three other books published by Watson-Guptill: With Barbara Whipple he co-authored Water Media Techniques and Water Media: Processes and Possibilities; his Color Choices, a book on color for painters, was published in 1989. Quiller conducts artist workshops throughout North America each year, and he has made a number of videotapes on watermedia and color, produced by Crystal Productions. He lives with his wife Marta and their two children, Christopher and Allison, in Creede, Colorado. His work is available at the Quiller in Creede and at the Mission in Taos, New Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Revised ed. edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823001067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823001064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Faulkner on July 9, 2003
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Despite what other reviewers apparently think, this is a book about techniques: applying watercolor techniques or oil techniques to acrylics, making use of gels, using metallics, painting transparently or opaquely, and so on. And as such, the book succeeds quite well. Quiller's style has nothing at all to do with the techniques themselves; he isn't saying "paint like me!" He is simply showing his own examples -- lots of great examples -- of the techniques he presents. If you want a book that tells you how to paint in a particular style, this isn't the book for you. But if you want a good source of techniques that can be applied to acrylics -- using your own style of painting -- this book delivers.
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I found this book to be very helpful in experimenting with new ideas for my paintings. However, it is not for the beginning artist. This book shows various techniques but it won't show you how to paint a picture step by step
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First, I love Quiller's work and color choices so naturally I would love the fresh approach to his landscapes. It is a wonderful book to see the alternatives to the Super-realistic paintings created by most artists. It is a unique way to use color and the simplified landscapes that are the result. This book is an eye-opener to the traditional artist and should be used to expand our outlook to the outdoors and the semi-abstract genre. Heartily recommend this book.
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He has used the medium for many years. He talks about different painting surfaces, brands, paint brushes and setting up your palette. How to see color. Value intensity, complimentary, analogous and triadic color relationships. Creating texture and building a painting with layers. The book is inspiring. Well worth the purchase.
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I worked with oil paints 40 years ago and decided to try acrylics. I'm finding them difficult to work with - they seem to be somewhere between oils and water colors. This book has beautiful pictures (to which I aspire;) but it isn't for rank beginners like myself I've found classes on Will Kemp's art school online that tell me what I need/want to know at this point. I believe Quiller's book will be an inspiration later on.
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I should have read the reviews more carefully. The author does mostly introduce its own style. Yes, the colorwheel is useful. But most of the techniques are kind of special and in my opinion it is a matter of taste if you like to use them. As much as you might like the authors paintings - or not. What I found very nice about the book is the introduction and the thorough coverage of the media and all its 'helpers'.

Anyhow, if you are looking for an introduction to acrylic painting with some step-by-step examples and useful hints, this is most likely not the right book for you.
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Quiller does an excellent job of pulling together his color theories so they are useful for Acrylics. Most books seem to emphasize oil or watercolor.
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I probably shouldn't give this book a rating. I'm prejudiced. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Quiller's work. I had to have his books. That said, I have learned more about paint and media from his books than I have from any other book. While this book is not a step-by-step book, he does share some of the progression that a painting goes through from his inspiration to the finished product with a few examples.
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