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This book is brilliance disguised as simplicity. There are step by step instructions on how to evaluate your own work and come up with the solutions to painting problems. The author's own paintings are magnificent to look at. Some of them are seemingly unfinished, but all that is needed is there. It's an inspiring book.
Dec 30, 2010
Author really understands (remembers) the beginning artist's challenges and provides wonderful tips and guidance. On top of that he is a wonderful artist. The book is worth it just for his included artwork.
Dec 18, 2008
Best of the Best
This book on the art of oil painting is simply the best book written by a contemporary painter on the subject. Accomplished artists who have their own published works recommend this book to serious students of oil painting...and after reading it, I understand why. There are many, many how-to books, but Richard Schmid's is a cut far above the rest.
Jan 29, 2008
Good but there is better
This book has the basics, but is organized in an odd way and one hard to use. I like the color illustrations, did not care for the author's voice and I think the price was way over the value. It is a better book for the tonalist, even if the author is less than frank about tonalism, his tonalism. He sometimes does not practise what he preaches about painting what is in front of you and lays on foreground like a set designer more than an artist. I much prefer and benefitted more from John E Carlson's classic, Landscape Painting. Though dated, and not color illustrated, if you want to paint, not just look at pretty pictures, for a very few dollars, his book will take you further, faster and more honestly.
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