Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lessons In Classical Painting

"There is no such thing as a flawless step-by-step system that results in a perfect product. Personal struggles, talent, inspiration and passion, when combined with hard work, create a unique outcome. No matter how dedicated and prepared you are, when making art, you are stepping into the wilderness. From this uncertainty comes some of the joy and wonder of art. It is human, imperfect, and filled of mystery." This part of the introduction in Juliette Aristides' "Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques From Inside the Atelier" deeply resonated with me. However, we learn techniques to move ahead in our creative journeys and this is a great resource for such techniques.

I love how the author explains how an artist can achieve great results by focusing on only one of many components whether it's value pattern (the abstract treatment of lights and darks), tonal shapes, value composition with great examples. She also goes into the details of Form Painting, Temperature and Color. She provides lessons in steps for the reader to understand and practice a given technique.

This book is not only a great reference for beginner and more advanced artists but also a pleasant read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Stephanie said...

thanks for the review

Mou said...

You're welcome, Stephanie!