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on 27 August 2011
This book contains a wealth of examples of the artist's work. Far more than I expected. This is very commendable for one learns as much, if not more from the study of a painting as from the written word. Secondly, as another reviewer has pointed out, this is not a beginner's guide to oil painting. If you have done no oil painting but would like to give it a try, you really need more guidance than is given here. This does not mean that beginners should not buy this book, for it is inspirational and shows a standard one may hope to reach - after much practice and hard work.
This brings me to my final point. The thing I admired most about David Curtis was his honesty. He does not pretend, as some disreputable teachers do,that you have only to follow his method of working to produce equally excellent paintings. If only it were that easy! This is a book to point you in the right direction if you like his loose, impressionistic, painterly style. Make sure you admire his work before buying. But then you would, wouldn't you?