Crawshaw, the dean of British art teachers, has had eight successful television series in his native country and is the author of 28 art instruction books, many of them best sellers. Here, he encapsulates 50 years of painting and teaching in a single volume for beginners and experienced amateurs. His impressionistic style and easygoing manner make the book accessible and a delight to use. He answers such elementary but essential questions as, Can anyone paint? Are there any rules? How do you learn? Readers will also find advice on working from photographs, on painting outdoors, and working from sketches. Highly recommended for all collections. More advanced students should also see Curtis Tappenden's Complete Art Foundation Course: Drawing, Watercolor, Oils and Acrylics.