I am giving this book an "below average" rating due to it;s price and content. I really do not think that the content in this book is worth such a high price. I know Richard Schmid is considered one of our modern masters of art, but even our old masters did not charge that high for their students to learn.
Everything he explains here is so basic. Anyone who has gone to life drawing/painting classes and have read this book, they both tell you no different, it is all the same basic methods of painting. What i mean by the basic methods are; squinting and simplifying, blurred vs sharp edges, measuring, colour temperatures, etc.
It is also the way the book is written. His sense of humour is kind of cliché, but in general, it is kind of written in a conversation as if someone is giving you advice. But for me personally, everything sounded quite dull.
I have tried reading this book again, but i still stick to my opinion.
You can find other cheaper and better books that can teach on the same subject, but i think people like this book is because they just want to hear from a master.
The positive side of this book has to go the works shown by Richard Schmid. They are really beautiful.
Another thing, there is a chapter on "Colour Chart" and it tells you how to make one, and why it is important to have one in your studio. I think that is the most helpful use of advice in the book.