- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581809980
- ISBN-13: 978-1581809985
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Painterly Approach: An Artist's Guide To Seeing, Painting And Expressing Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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is very dear to my heart, yet THIS book, The Painterly Approach, is definitely the most useful tool than any book, video, online class can ever offer. I keep this book right on my art desk now for easy to reach assistance. I brought it with me already on a few Plein Air excursions ~ I'm considering buying an extra copy just to keep in the car for when I'm away from the studio. I have lots of notes written from the book that I carry in my bag such as the list of acrylic and oil paints that Mr. Rohm uses in his palettes. Also, I have a list of the suggested Artist quality paint and brush manufacturers so I won't waste anymore money on those that just don't last. Incredible information packed solid and easy to understand! I'm completely thrilled!! Thank you Mr. Rohm for taking the time to create such a useful tool that helps in every area possible for the love of painting! I can't live without this!! So grateful!!
Rohm can slip into jargon or technicalese, but that might be more a reflection of my lack of training. The vast majority of the book is clearly written and easy to appreciate. The many examples walk you through the approach with an explanation for each step. It is a real inspiration to see fine artwork shown in that ugly stage I have no trouble reaching myself. Bob explains his approach using oils, acrylics and pastels, and deals with a variety of subject matter, though focusing for the most part on landscape.
Bob Rohm's explanation of "value" was the best I've seen in dozens of art books and is worth the price just for those few pages. I have to believe that even those who get the concept will benefit from such a clear presentation and grasp it more fully. In my own technical field I know that it is valuable to hear even the fundamentals explained well, perhaps especially the fundamentals.
If this style appeals to you, or you simply want to understand and appreciate the approach, this is an excellent addition to your library.
But lately I've been questioning whether I really need to spend studio hours working on details. A while back, I posted a quick 8 x 10 plein-air painting on an artist website and asked for criticisms. One person applauded my 'painterliness.' When I queried him about that term, he referred me to Bob Rohm's book.
The book is large-format ,typical of the North Light Publishing Company. The hardcover book is 143 pages, including introduction and index. The author focuses on three general media - oils, acrylics, and pastels. His general approach eschews watercolors.
As expected from the publisher, the quality of the dozens of examples is outstanding. As with most North Light books, it begins with an overview of what is needed to paint.
But very quickly, the author defines the general artistic difference between the realistic approach and the painterly approach, viz, linearity vs. painterly. It is truly important that the reader fully grasp the inherent differences. I read and reread this section many times as I worked through the book.
There are some in-progress examples but the reader should consider this as a 'think' book rather than a 'how-to' book. In essence, think before you plan the painting, think before you lay in the extremes, think about the interaction of the shapes and colors, and most important, think before you opt for details. As yourself the question; What part of the painting really needs paint from a number 00 brush?
BTW, this is not a book to be read and studied in a couple of hours. I have referred to this book several times in the couple of months I've had it. Rohm is a strong advocate of plein-air painting. As a relatively recent plein-air painter myself, I can attest to the underlying reason for this. In plein-air, the artist has a very restricted time frame in which to capture the essence of the view. As a result, the studio method of hours at the canvas is simply impossible. Ergo, the artist is forced into the painterly approach - shapes, colors, and their interactions.
Two questions: Does it work and is it taught? The answer to the latter is rarely. That's why I believe this book is valuable. Does it work? I've been actively forcing myself into the Rohm methodology for only a short time, but from what I've done so far, I think so. The more I work at being painterly, the happier I am with my results. And surprisingly, the more rapidly I'm able to finish a composition.
BTW, In addition to this book, I recommend Craig Nelson's, 60 Minutes to Better Painting. Forcing yourself to paint faster frees up your style, with the result being - drum roll - more painterly. These two books have made me a much happier painter.
I was taught art in a time when "representational" was a sort of four-letter word, so to be able to see and understand this painterly approach to art is like a revelation to me! Buy the book. You'll love it!