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Old 01-10-2014, 02:02 PM
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Re: Oil Painting instruction books

Alla-Prima is definitely the best by far...
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Re: Oil Painting instruction books

Hi blenheim! I'd go with Don's advice. I think Alla Prima is one of the best books out there on direct painting, but you've said you're interested in underpainting and glazing, and Alla Prima doesn't going to cover that at all (the title's a tip off!). I have heard good things about the Aristide book that Don recommended, although since I'm interested in direct painting, I haven't really studied it.
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I second don's suggestion of checking the library. I did that for Schmid's book before I purchased the new expanded one. I just devoured the original Alla Prima and knew I would greatly utilize the expanded version. And I had to resort to an inter-library loan in order to find a copy of the original. Worth the trouble.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:37 PM
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Re: Oil Painting instruction books

I have the Leffell Cateura book as well as Gregg Kreutz (who was a student of Leffell) 'problem solving for oil painters'. They both came on the recommendation of my art teacher who has been using them as a reference for the last 25 years. I've read both a few times, and feel like I've barely scratched the surface of either. While I do concede the point that not all Leffells pictures appeal to me, he has a lot worth learning from. But they are definitely not instructional as far as glazing goes.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:49 AM
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Re: Oil Painting instruction books

Originally Posted by Carcharhinus
I'm also familiar with Gurney's work and I know he's a fantasy painter. Does the book cater specifically to that style, does it discuss universal techniques using his personal work as a point of example, or is it a more academic text with him referencing other painters?
Color and Light, by James Gurney, discusses universal techniques using his paintings as examples.

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