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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2009
This book is full with enlightening information, from revealing anecdotes to technical tips. It doesn't go into any detail regarding basic artists tools, such as achieving correct proportion or anatomy, as it's particularly aimed at those who have had a fragmented art education, as I've experienced through intermittent private classes; reading books by Ruskin, Harold Speed, Robert Hale etc. Instead it takes you through the process of developing your ideas, giving you confidence with the process of creating a finished painting. So the knowledge you should already have gained from other sources is placed into a logical structure, whilst filling in gaps with information which is difficult to come by elsewhere. Highly recommended!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
This really is a beautiful book. With carefully selected examples the author gives an excellent insight into timeless techniques of painting. The illustrations are excellent, the reproductions of good quality and entirely appropriate to the text. The style of the text I found to be very readable and it held my attention well. It was not too dry and it was written with assured authority. It has led me to look at the work of some of the artists featured in greater depth and it has made a considerable difference to my approach to painting. It explained many concepts I have never previously grasped about how certain effects were achieved by classical painters. It is not really a beginners book but I would heartily recommend it to any serious painter aspiring to improve their techniques, particularly if working in oils.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2011
This book is well put together if your interested in the history of art, but it is not a good guide if you want to learn to paint in oil. The pictures in the art techniques section are small and weak. Do not buy this book if you want a art teaching aid.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2010
If you have been searching for a solid course of study that will help you improve and grow as an artist you should look no further than this practical and insightful guide. Too often books on painting are simple and shallow how-to guides that never hint at how the old masters developed the skills that allowed them to achieve mastery. This book gives you practical advice and a clear set of principles that you can use to focus your efforts. The chapters on colour and composition alone are more than worth the price of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2011
Excellent!Veryinformative about how the old masters(and not only them)they painted.The images are in high definition,some very usefull step-by-step lessons.I would say,comparing the images and the lessons,only for artists who have some basic background in fine arts.I give five stars.Regards from Greece.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2010
I bought this book based on the reviews of the previous people, and I am pleased I have done so.I find it easy to read and inspiring.
A serious artist will find manly little secrets in painting,also including mediums and materials and working process.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2011
Oh my... I really love this book and feel completely inspired by it. What a great thing to own! I would recommend this to anyone who feels jaded by the whole 'modern-art' scene. Actually read it and don't just go to the lessons and you will be revived! This has to be one of my favourite books.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2010
Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
In many ways an excellent guide for those serious about developing their skills and well worth the money. It is well produced and the images excellent (although ocassionally a little dark). Anyone prepared to follow all the istructions for putting the teachings into practice should benefit greatly. The following qibbles should not put a prospective buyer off: 1) There really should be some warning that the purchaser ought to have read the "Classical Drawing Atelier" because, for example, some terms are used in the former but only defined in the latter; 2)the presentation could be improved from a DIY point of view for those who cannot aquire personal tuition and, while much advice and instruction is given, it could be improved, not least in showing some of the steps involved.
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on 25 March 2014
Firstly I don't ever leave reviews but felt that this book deserved it. I've wanted to be an artist for most of my adult life and have painted and drawn for most of it. My paintings were ok, friends and family liked them but I knew that they were not worthy of a gallery. I endlessly trolled around for courses, books and the such like to develop my basic knowledge of technique and understanding. I came across this book only recently although I wish that I had found it before I bought all the other countless books. It describes not just technique but also about processes that can be used to achieve your end result of a fantastic painting.

It is not a step by step do this and there you have a painting of dog. Rather it is a manual to help you learn and understand the under lying principles in which good art and paintings can be achieved. It clearly demonstrates that all through the ages these techniques have beens used by masters and professional artists. So many books by artists talk about there practices and techniques in achieving there style of painting. Which is great if you want to copy them, but really it's a waste of time as what works for some doesn't work for others. By having the tools learnt in this book you can achieve your end goal with out the influence of another artists techniques.

Further more, I never thought that drawing was important and preferred just to paint. For me drawing a picture of my painting was laborious and felt it detracted from the spontaneity, actually it has helped sped up my painting practice as a lot of the problems often encountered have been solved. I bought another book by juliette on classical drawing and already I''m drawing sketches quickly and efficiently and of a really high standard. I understand now how a good drawing can lead to a painting faster than just jumping all in. After reading both books and trying some exercises I have already found a vast improvement in my methods and technique. I will continue to use them as a guide till I have become a professional artist. I now feel so much more confident in producing good paintings/ drawing than I did before.

Again don't by this if you want step by step instructions, do by this if you actually want some decent, useable under pinning knowledge of technique and method. Fabulous book worth every penny. Try out lessons on classical drawing by juliette too. I now really enjoy sketching and drawing. Top notch. Thanks to juliette for helping me change my artistic perception for the better.
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on 11 March 2014
In need of refreshing my distant days of art college classes, I invested in this book. I can't recommend it too highly for folks like me whose art education was some 40 odd years ago. Although i have never stopped practising as an artist, my very stressful job as Head of Art at a Grammar school combined with running a home and commuting meant that for many years I had little time or energy left for my creative personal work. This book has not only regenerated my enthusiasm for and excitement about painting it has also taken me a stage further along the path to great achievement with new techniques and insights. The illustrations of contemporary work are superb: elegant, sensitive, delicate, powerful, moving, ... in fact nothing short of sublime. The balance of background history, practical exercises and sensible advice is compelling, and even the intelligent novice should be able to make good progress developing their skills using this book. One of the best examples of art instruction in book form. Up there with Richard Schmidt Kevin McPherson and Ian Roberts. Good bibliography at the back.
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