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An Introduction to Painting Still Life Hardcover – 2005
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Offers advice on selection suitable materials and equipment for the best results. Focuses on understanding perspective, lighting, and composition. Illustrated throughout with finished work and step by step demonstrations showing the methods used. Emphasis placed on mixing and blending colors including pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic. An invaluable source of practical information and inspiration for beginners and artists wishing to increase their skills
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One of the major selling points is that this book does not limit itself to a single painting form. The author instructs the reader in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and even pastel drawing. A beginner who is just learning art and is shopping for a personal form can try several methods out and find one which works. And a more experienced painter who is looking to branch out and shoulder new challenges can compare options until one stands out.
Of course no book is perfect. The paintings reproduced in here are photo-reduced to fit the coffee-table format, so you can't study the artists' brushwork. Photos of artists' supplies have a disproportionate share of Winsor & Newton, almost like a commercial. The author uses jargon, like mentioning mixing linseed and turps into your oil paints, without bothering to explain what this means to beginners. And the step-by-step instructions, though good, sometimes have too much material added between steps, so you can't quite figure out what happened between pictures.
Despite these complaints, I would have to recommend this book to students. This book is good for self-instruction, and could probably be used as a classrom text as well. No book will ever deliver a skill wrapped up like a Christmas present--you have to knuckle down and actually practice the painting techniques detailed here--but if you actually follow the author's pointers you'll be headed in the right direction.