The Simple Secret to Better Painting (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Create art that's more attractive, interesting and eye-catching!

Even if your perspective is accurate, your subject realistic and colors vibrant, a weak composition - predictable, repetitious or monotonous - means a weak painting.

The Simple Secret to Better Painting ensures that your compositions work every time. It's an insightful artistic philosophy that boils down the many technical principles of ...

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The Simple Secret to Better Painting (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

Create art that's more attractive, interesting and eye-catching!

Even if your perspective is accurate, your subject realistic and colors vibrant, a weak composition - predictable, repetitious or monotonous - means a weak painting.

The Simple Secret to Better Painting ensures that your compositions work every time. It's an insightful artistic philosophy that boils down the many technical principles of composition into a single master rule that's easy to remember and apply:

Never make any two intervals the same.

You can make every painting more interesting, dynamic and technically sound by varying intervals of distance, length and space, as well as intervals of value and color. The rule also applies to balance, shape and the location of your painting's focal point.

Greg Albert illustrates these lessons with eye-opening examples from both beginning and professional artists, including Frank Webb, Tony Couch, Kevin Macpherson, Charles Reid, Tony Van Hasselt and more.

You'll discover that the ONE RULE is the only rule of composition you need to immediately improve your work - the moment your brush touches the canvas.

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Library Journal
Beware of art teachers offering the one secret to painting, whether it be a new brush or a new design concept. In the case of Albert's book, however, read carefully and discover a very old and universal concept that really will improve one's work. Albert, who is editorial director of North Light Books, also teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Simply put, his rule is "never make any two intervals the same." In a carefully designed, progressive text, he applies the concept to intervals of distance, length, spacing, and dimension, as well as those of tonal value and color. Concise, abstract diagrams and sketches evoke movement, stasis, lightness, heaviness, boredom, tension, and chaos. As the theory becomes more complex, the works of contemporary artists, like Frank Webb and Tony Couch, are used to buttress it. In The Painter's Workshop, Dews (Creative Discoveries in Watermedia) puts her years teaching workshops to practical use, offering a good if unexceptional manual on composition and design. She uses the elements of line, shape, space, form, color, value, and texture to explore issues of proportion/scale, unity/variety, contrast, and rhythm/repetition. The works of six professional artists illustrate the concepts in a variety of media and styles. Though it goes unmentioned, Dews's theory has a firm basis in the Greek design doctrine of the Golden Section (or the Golden Proportion). Of the two, Albert's work makes the more imaginative contribution to the field and is highly recommended for all collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440317996
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 16 MB
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Ch. 1 Design dynamics 10
Ch. 2 Making things interesting 20
Ch. 3 Achieving dynamic balance 32
Ch. 4 Pleasing the eye 40
Ch. 5 Tonal value and contrast 52
Ch. 6 Color 66
Ch. 7 Still lifes 78
Ch. 8 Landscapes 92
Ch. 9 Figures and portraits 104
Conclusion 124
Index 126
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