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Great art advice but horrible writing
on December 25, 2013
I bought this book because I wanted to learn about composition in abstract painting. This author offers the kind of advice I was looking for, but her writing is so bad that it's often difficult to figure out what she's trying to say. She lacks a working understanding of syntax, grammar, and punctuation, and that lack greatly undermines her ability to communicate on the page. She's obviously an expert in painting, but she desperately needed an editor. She should never have chosen to self-publish without the help of someone as good at writing as she is at painting. She ended up with a book that is far from being as good as it could have been. I feel bad for her because what she had to say was good enough to deserve good writing. And I feel bad for me because I spent money on an inferior product.
I'm giving this book two stars rather than only one because there's good advice for a reader willing to work at digging it out and because I like the paintings.
E. Patterson, December 25, 2013