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Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color Paperback – March 1, 2000
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- Publisher : North Light Books; 41502nd edition (March 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1581800533
- ISBN-13 : 978-1581800531
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.51 x 0.39 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #66,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seriously, I should just keep a copy in my suitcase, so I don't keep ordering it. (Thank heavens for Amazon's two-day delivery. When I need this book, I need it right away. LOL)
If you're painting landscapes with oils or acrylics, and possibly with watercolors, this book is a constant inspiration. If you like the painting on the book cover, order this book now. It'll show you new ways to add energy and emotion to your paintings, through color and contrast.
There is so much in this book that is useful to both the novice and advanced artist. All manner of practical advice, instruction, and demonstrations are included having to do with landscape painting in the great outdoors. And, really...if you're painting the outdoors, isn't it better to actually BE there rather than painting from a photo? (Although he has a book that addresses that, too, which is wonderful.)
One of my favorite pieces of advice that I found in this book is Kevin's challenge to do 100 starts as well as a second challenge of painting a small plein air in one hour every day for 3 months. It's excellent advice. It forced me to stop concentrating on getting every painting "just right." It instilled a feeling of freedom that really loosened me up as an artist.
He has a challenge to do 100 starts which is great. I'm current doing this with a group of artists at WetCanvas (search Google). He also has another challenge to paint a 6x8 plein air in one hour every day for 3 months. I'm quite confident that after painting 100 starts and 90 paintings I'll be a much better plein air painter. I also like his suggestion of using a black marker to make a b&w sketch before painting. This helps to see the light/shadow patterns.
Overall this book is great. Although it's for oil, his technique will work for any opaque medium. MacPherson also gives workshops and from what I've heard they're very good. The material in the book is what he presents in the workshop!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2018
As soon as this book arrived I read it from cover to cover in a few days and then carefully thought about the approach suggested. It seemed perhaps too simple an approach - limited palette of just four colours and a straightforward no nonsense use of paints and brushes.
I followed the advice and have been delighted with the results. So much so that I have been prompted to send off this review ( I thinks its the first time that I have ever done such a thing).
Now then a word of advice to would be aspiring artists who will follow Kevin's style when they have read the book; Make sure that you only use artist quality paints for the palette. Lesser quality paints are inclined to give a rather chalky look to the finished work. Such a result comes about due to using the limited palette and being hampered by the poorer quality mixing abilities to achieve the necessary colours. I've experimented with differing limited palettes of colours - Kevin's original suggestion for the primary colours works best ! certainly for landscapes.