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Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting Hardcover – 1 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Stove Prairie Press; Revised edition (Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966211715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966211719
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 27.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

This is the highly sought after 1st printing of Richard Schmid's ALLA PRIMA Everything I know about Painting. No longer available to buy and soon to become a coveted collectors item. Lots of very high quality images that fans can admire and aspiring artists can practice from. Good notes on how to develop your proficiency with colour and how to correctly render what you see together with some useful theory on light and shadows.


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Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in direct painting then there is no finer book on the subject than this. I only wish that I had gotten it 15 years earlier. It focuses on a specific methodology for creating paintings but also has an absolute wealth of very sophisticated information that does not pertain to any one particular technique.
I have read it through twice and dip back in regularly. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Treat yourself!
One thing to note is that there is no need to pay the exorbitant prices it goes for through private sellers. You can buy it directly from the author's site for under $50.
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this book is know in many artistic circles as a sort of painting bible. schmid describes his concept clearly and defiantly, even if he misses talking about some critical subjects for the amateur or beginner. this book though expensive is worth more in therms of artistic growth than 1000 other lesser books. if after reading this book your painting doesn't improve , you are already brilliant or you need to give up painting as you will probably never learn. his method is to break painting down in to manageable tasks so as not to overwhelm the artist. it is more a book about technique and accuracy than design, though he does touch on it in places. but there are already many good books on design, including carslons guide to landscape painting (which i recommend, even for portrait artists like myself) schmids book is by far the best book on the application of paint ive ever read, and ive read alot.
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By alvin on 3 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.
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