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Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter Paperback – June 1, 1996
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From the Back Cover
If looking at wonderful paintings fills you with desire to create your own, this book is for you. Even if you've never put brush to canvas before, but are committed to learning how, Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner will enable you to express yourself richly through this esteemed art medium. With clarity, simplicity, and enthusiasm, Steve Allrich shares with readers the tried-and-true methods he employs in his mastery of oil painting. Practical, step-by-step instruction and fully illustrated demonstrations are provided. You will learn how to: select paint, canvas, brushes, other materials; practice good drawing skills, mix color ranges, design vital compositions; tone canvas, sketch and block in your subject, achieve painterly brushwork; depict strong still lifes and interiors, arrange good lighting effects for both; and choose the best landscape settings, handle perspective, capture natural light.
About the Author
A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Steve Allrich is an award-winning painter who specializes in plein air settings. He has exhibited his work in solo shows across the United States, as well as in invitational and juried exhibitions, and teaches classes and workshops in figure and landscape paintings. Allrich is the author of Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner, which has sold more than 50,000 copies, and resides in Portland, Oregon.
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The fact that it doesn't even pretend to, that the author explains his palette and his technique is exactly what makes the book so valuable. It was one of the first books I bought ten years ago when I started painting, and I was so relieved to find that I could go through it, emulating his approach, mixing colors in a limited way (so that they are manageable!), etc. This book and "The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted" (Lechen), taught me to paint as surely as if I'd enrolled in an art school. I recommend both of them very highly. Then go to Al Gury, "Alla Prima," and Tolley, "Oil Painters Solution Book," and you've got what you need. Oh. And most recently, Carole Marine's "Daily Painter".
Those features that the book lacks are among its greatest qualities-there are no "10 Commandments" that are usually found in books of this genre. Most artists approached to write a book of this nature feel obligated to forbid X and insist on Y (with some justification, perhaps) but this book is just a well-considered, sincere, very personal discussion of one person's approach to his art and all the craft that it entails.
Allrich's strength as a writer comes from his balanced, encouraging, honest approach to his topic. Basically, in this book, he says what he does and why he does it. He is never condescending when he discusses the techniques that "many other artists" employ. It's more as if he is inviting his readers to see things his way, if they are so inclined, (and to pick up some of his tricks) or to go the way that the Muse takes them.
I'd strongly recommend this book for art students, would-be writers, people interested in the art and craft of oil painting and, of course, to anyone who wishes to "become a good (or better) painter". I'll re-read this book dozens of times!
The world is not orange/brown but you leave this book thinking that it is.
I really wanted to like this book, but his paintings are sadly too monochromatic.