Harley Brown's: eternal truths for every artist

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Harley Brown offers artists his "truths" for painting success-the stuff he hopes they teach in art school. A well-established artist, Brown has gained a large following with his frank, no-nonsense approach to teaching art. Twelve knock-out chapters include:*What every artist should do first. Harley's own cheap and dirty way to start painting. *Composition-who needs it? See why most paintings are boring. And why a few will knock your socks off. *Working with color. Stay miles ahead of the person who skips this ...
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Harley Brown offers artists his "truths" for painting success-the stuff he hopes they teach in art school. A well-established artist, Brown has gained a large following with his frank, no-nonsense approach to teaching art. Twelve knock-out chapters include:*What every artist should do first. Harley's own cheap and dirty way to start painting. *Composition-who needs it? See why most paintings are boring. And why a few will knock your socks off. *Working with color. Stay miles ahead of the person who skips this chapter! *Going on from here. Your greatest obstacle isn't skill... it's attitude. Plus, 30 magic solutions to common problems, 15 things to leave out of a painting, 24 painting sins and much more! Supplementing Brown's advice are more than 10 step-by-step painting demonstrations in oil and pastel. His unique offerings are sure to enlighten and entertain painters of all skill levels and backgrounds. Harley Brown lives and paints in Tucson, Arizona. He has been an award-winning member of the National Academy of Western Art since 1977. Lewis Lehrman is the founding American editor for International Artist magazine and the author of several art instruction books. He teaches at the Scottsdale Artists' School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929834310
  • Publisher: International Artist Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Before we begin. I want to see dog-ears 9
Some thoughts on where we are, where we're headed, and why
Is it too late to learn?
Let's talk about style
A word to computer artists
Some thoughts on trusting yourself
Learn from my mistakes
2 Contrary to what you may have heard ... accuracy is not a dirty word! 18
The art of measurement
Why fix it later when you can get it right at the start?
The art of measurement
Ballerina--step-by-step demonstration
3 What every artist should do first, but most leave until later Harley's own cheap and dirty way of getting started 24
Laying down that first, perfect stroke
Show the paper who's boss
Drawing is important
4 Forget color for a moment. First understand value! The POWER of tone. Exciting? You bet! 28
The concept of dominant value in action
Step-by-step demonstration
Two dozen painting sins
Lights and darks
Form shadow and cast shadow defined
Why composition, not content, grabs your attention
5 Composition--who needs it? See why most painting are boring. And why a few will knock your socks off 47
Building it from the ground up
Composition--the most misunderstood word in art today
Composition demonstration
Harley's law
Linking shapes
Reflected light in action
Dramatic lighting
The struggling artist's guide to unequal light
Demonstration
6 All about edges. Exploring lost edges, soft edges, and just plain edges 63
Exploring lost edges, soft edges, and just plain edges
The art of the lost edge
Demonstration
The afternoon effect
Distance--anytime
7 Working with color. Stay miles ahead of the person who skips this chapter! 69
The concepts of dominant color, complements, discords, and more
Dominant color--step-by-step
Complementary color and contrast
Making complete color with simple values
How to get away with almost anything in color
Three demonstrations
8 Building excitement in your paintings ... without resorting to planned, outright manipulation 84
Of dynamic diagonals, dramatic lighting, and wild color choices
Creating movement with dynamic diagonals
Secrets of dramatic lighting
Making wild color choices that work
Demonstrations
9 Breathing life into your paintings. How to paint from a photo so everyone thinks you did it from life 96
Seeing detail in shadows
Harley's 10-point checklist for painting from photos
The generic male and female explained
The commissioned portrait
A cautionary tale
30 magic solutions to common problems
15 things to definitely leave out of your paintings
Rescuing a bad portrait
10 Knowing when to stop. Hold it! Don't do another thing! 122
The detailed eye
Stop worrying!
You are unique
Folds and wrinkles
11 Going on from here. Your greatest obstacle isn't skill ... it's attitude 124
My 3-part credo for the emerging artist
The Harley Oath
How to become excited about your art
New habits for old
Get a group and hire a model
Pathways to passion
6 questions to ask your workshop organizer
12 Establishing your workspace. Psyching yourself to paint 135
Psyching yourself to paint
Resources
20 simple studio ideas that will make your life easier
Create a personal moment
Approaching a gallery
When you don't care what anyone thinks of your picture
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