Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting Hardcover – 1 Nov 1999
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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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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.
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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If you can ignore the low grade, nostalgic, self contradicting half art theory ("approach your canvas with the same relish as you would your lover" blurgh! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jon