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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S. (28 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823034488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823034482
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Jones has won numerous awards for her paintings, which have appeared in Best Flower Painting and Best of Flower Painting 2.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. ap Rhisiart on 10 Nov. 2010
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I really looked forward to reading this book, as there is no question that Jane Jones creates beautiful paintings. Her book (and her DVD, actually) don't live up to her paintings, though. I think it is accepted that one of the main reasons artists publish books is the commercial necessity of putting your name in people's minds, and I don't object to this at all. However, I think the artist should really give something to the reader, and Jane Jones doesn't. She spends an entire chapter on painting an imprimatura a single colour, and more still on colour theory, when unfortunately she doesn't have a good understanding herself. There is more nonsense about having to keep all your materials from the same manufacturer (if you use W&N paints then you should use W&N odourless mineral spirits - even though they all buy in from the same refineries - and even the same varnish!), and half her 'tips' consist of 'add a bit of liquin to your brush before you pick up some paint'. In short, I don't think she has any intention of helping us produce work to match hers, or show us the techniques she uses. She gives no mixing strategy, and no coherent answer to one of the main questions of somebody approaching an indirect (glazing) approach: how do you decide which colours to use and in which order? She also, in talking about the 'fat over lean' rule, gives it exactly the wrong way around. On her DVD, for example, she at one point says that as apples go through ripening phases where they are first green then red, she puts a green glaze on first before a red glaze. This is nonsense; the fact that an apple has been green some time in the past does not mean there is green in it now. The real purpose of laying a green underlayer is to reduce the chroma of the red glaze that follows, but she gives no hint of that. OK, that is the DVD, but the book is no better as guidance.

Summary: Jane Jones is truly a great painter, but she doesn't want you to know how she does it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Newport2 on 18 Mar. 2012
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I would find myself torn between the previous reviews here. This is a very good book and I have no regrets in having got it. However, I do feel the author has left gaps in the painting stages in some of the examples. For example in a work where she takes you through say 7 stages of painting to complete a picture, only perhaps 4 pictures are provided. So you're left trying to guess what she means by the description of various stages that have been left out of pictures. Why not just provide a picture per stage in order to show the reader what you mean? This was annoying. That aside, I would still recommend buying this book if you're interested in glazing with oils
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 12 Aug. 2008
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Jane Jones is an excellent still life artist and I love this book. She provides great detail on materials and getting them right as well as fantastic demonstrations. Her paintings are in the style of the Dutch Masters. One comment on the negative side, all the still life projects are flowers (apart from a couple of fruit demo's) so you have to be interested in painting flowers in vases. But as I am, I am extreemly pleased, one of the best art books I have bought
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By Macmel on 2 July 2014
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This is a really good product 5 stars
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. J. Bartle on 3 Mar. 2012
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I love this book, the results that Jane Jones has achieved are wonderful I hope I can do half as well.

Catherine
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