I was hooked by the cover picture. "I wish I had done that", I secretly thought. That first impression was strengthened by flipping through the book and looking at other paintings by the author.
Everyone else seemed to love his paintings, too, so I was very interested in what Kevin Macpherson had to say.
Luckily, Kevin describes a very simple method, very plainly. The method is restated in different ways so that everyone is sure to "click" with one way of explaining it. He gives many illustrated examples of producing a painting, and lots of concrete advice like using a card with a small hole in it to see the colour of something better.
The thrust of the book is simple. Paint the shapes you see, rather than the objects you see, in their real colours. The objects, such as cows or trees, and the feel of the scene, such as dusk or full sunlight or icy water, will automatically emerge from the shapes and colours, without you painting them as such.
Although the book describes painting with oil colours, the guts of it are easily adapted to other paints such as acylics.
Simplicity is the key note everywhere. For instance the author recommends a pallet of no more than five colours, including white. If you think that would give slightly dull colours, just look at his paintings and I am sure you will change your mind.
The one danger of the book is that Kevin's ideas are so powerful, and give such good results, that you have to watch out that they don't overwhelm your own ideas and turn you into a "Kevin Macpherson Copycat". This is not Kevin's aim. Unlike many art books, the tone of the book is that he is showing you *a* way of doing things, not *the only* way. I think he would be delighted if you incorporated his ideas into your own journey rather than viewed them as the journeys end.