- Hardcover: 193 pages
- Publisher: Stove Prairie Press; Revised edition (January 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966211715
- ISBN-13: 978-0966211719
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting Revised Edition
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The text is made of 10 chapters, plus an introduction:
1. Good ideas and free advice
2. Direct painting
7. Color and light
10. The magic
It has 193 pages, and is full of Schmid's paintings, almost all of them oils.
WHAT THIS BOOK TEACHES YOU:
It teaches you how to OBSERVE 3-D REALITY AND TRANSLATE IT ON A FLAT SURFACE AS DIRECTLY AS YOU CAN. The way of achieving it is to paint LIGHT ITSELF (what you see), not the very object with descriptive minutiae (what you know). Meticulous and painstaking painting tends to be naive in most hands.
Schmid asks you to clear up your mind and trust your instinct. THE HOW BECOMES OBVIOUS ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND THE WHAT AND THE WHY.
Some of his most insistent advices are: keep it SIMPLE; don't overwork; don't use ostentatious techniques; don't make random guessing brushstrokes; do a minimum of trial and error (correction wastes time); rather be BOLD than shy, but do it without hurrying and without any thoughtless bravado. Also, EXCESSIVE BLENDING IS LIKE MUMBLING WHEN YOU SPEAK.
He teaches you that, as you start, you sholud focus on one specific problem. Set a GOAL and do it in the time available. Limiting your time helps to SIMPLIFY your works. SIMPLIFY values by SQUINTING. If edges remain sharp when you squint, paint them sharp; if they go fuzzy, paint them fuzzy. Trust your squinting.
Schmid insists on the fact that, unlike common belief, most mistakes happen with drawing, not with colour.Read more ›
His writing style is very easy to read and understand and there are more than a few laughs laced throughout. It's a keeper and I'll be going back and rereading until the pages are tattered and worn.
You can get a new copy for $95 (hardback) or $45 (paperback) at Richard Schmid's website.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful and very instructive book. I could not stop reading once i started. Richard Schmid 's paintings are beautiful and he shares his knowledge with a lot of passion.Published 17 months ago by Josee Roy
Richard Schmid can paint. And, he can write! So many excellent words of wisdom from one of the greatest painters of today. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Mary M. Marin
Speaking as an aspiring painter it is simply the best "how to" book on alla prima oil painting I have read, and there's plenty in it for those who prefer to work... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Jeff Connell
The is the best book on painting that I've ever read. He addresses attitude, expectations, skills needed as well as addressing specific skills and techniques. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by NY Giants fan
My expectations were very high since I read such good reviews. But when I received this book I was disappointed by the size and the quality of the photo's. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Wild poppy
Richard has done so much ground work for us, he makes all aspects of painting so much easier to understand and to develop.Published on July 9, 2013 by Pamela