- Hardcover: 146 pages
- Publisher: Payne Studios Inc./Derus Fine Art Books; 4th edition (December 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939370034
- ISBN-13: 978-0939370030
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Composition of Outdoor Painting 4th Edition
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I found his style of English to be a little more difficult to read, but after the first chapter or two I got used to it, and it was well worth the effort.
I highly recommend reading and referring to the chapter on compositional forms. He lists a dozen of the most commonly used outdoor compositions, and gives easy examples for understanding them.
Lots and lots of valuable information!
note- poorly edited, lots of typos.
text covers the principles guiding good composition, and composition
forms. Also covers other landscape painting topics, such as color,
repetition, rhythm, value, and a conclusion that reads more like a
philosophical treatise on painting. Fantastic!
As for the negatives. I felt Payne merely touched on subjects that he could have written on in greater depth, like color, repetition, rhythm, and value. It was a slow read for me, mostly because Payne was extremely redundant. This was especially true in the first chapter and much of the third chapter, where Payne did not so much address composition as the necessity of learning the principles of art, while fostering artistic originality, although he repeated it in about a hundred different ways! Also, the book contains MANY typos; I thought editing was part of the publishing process, but I guess not. The addendum, by Payne's daughter, is oddly disjointed. I didn't feel it was in keeping with Payne's writing on the subject of composition. She brought up her mother, Elsie Palmer Payne (an artist) quite a bit, which is understandable, but nevertheless, seemed out of place.Read more ›
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virtually no color. A small book on a large painting presence.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is not as represented. It appears large in the picture, but don't be deceived; it is a very small book probably about 5X7, not like most artists books that contain... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RC
Overpriced, pretentious, and out dated. Heavy laborious read. Chopped up chapters, images are to small and randomly placed. This book needs a major re-edit, updating . Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. shock
Not bad, but long winded. I wouldn't have purchased it if I could have had a quick browse before hand. The book was recommended to me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margaret Langtip
Excellent book on composition for artists, especially landscape artists.Published 9 months ago by Linda the teacher