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Old 11-18-2017, 10:37 PM
Linda Wolff Linda Wolff is offline
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Need book or online video class recommendation

I need a book or online video class recommendation .... While visiting my sister recently (600 miles away) she commented that she would like to learn how to paint. She had bought some Master Touch acrylics and a canvas for a class but learned that it was just going to be one of those "social" painting classes, not one where she would actually learn anything. I would take her under my wing ... but can't do it from 600 miles away. She has no prior painting experience at all. So if I was to buy her a beginner's book on how to paint in acrylics for Christmas ... what would it be? Or perhaps someone can suggest a specific online course? I did tell her that there were a lot of YouTube videos, and that working on drawing (she does have some skill there) would also be a great benefit. I recommended the classic "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" as that is how I started, many, many years ago! We spent the next day at the local art museum where we discussed composition and color and she does have a good eye. She seems to be especially drawn to paintings with bold brushwork.
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Hey there! Arthur Stern's book is an excellent intro to breaking down the painting process slowly and methodically. Still life is the best way to learn to paint, I think - you can control the environment.


Also, there are so many excellent online sources for beginners now.. how about the old Charles Sovek site to review the basics? http://sovek.com/view/index.htm

She could study the James Gurney site and the Color in Your Life series (on Youtube) to begin to broaden her range. Is she drawn to the Colorist California painters, or the more subtle Philly school?

For drawing, (besides the book you mentioned), the old classic The Natural Way to Draw offers a great workable series of progressive lessons.

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