Item description for Artists Projects You Can Paint - 10 Experiments with Impressionism En Plein Air (Artist's Projects You Can Paint) by Betty Billups...
Artists constantly seek out new projects, plain and simple. With this new series, they'll find what they're looking for: books by well-known artists, each featuring 10 no-holds-barred, step-by-step, start-to finish projects. Every project includes a list of challenges and learning points, so readers can identify the obstacles to mastering the skill, then master it; materials lists with tips on the different materials available for optimal use; and a preliminary drawing to trace for easy reproduction, along with color mixing examples and pull outs.
With a crystal-clear focus on the projects and only the projects, this series will speak to readers hungering for simple instruction to create works of their own.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.1" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher International Artist
ISBN 1929834543 ISBN13 9781929834549
Reviews - What do customers think about Artists Projects You Can Paint - 10 Experiments with Impressionism En Plein Air (Artist's Projects You Can Paint)?
Not all That bad! Sep 23, 2007
Though, I agree with Eileen's review on some points, I disagree that this is an essentially worthless book. If for nothing else it gets beginners and/or other "blocked" artists painting at least Something! I enjoyed this book and going through the exercises as Practice when I started taking up painting again. At the price this book is going for now on this site, you can't beat it.
Not helpful at all Feb 25, 2006
Such a shame - very seldom do I end up buying a book as poor as this one! Besides having awful art work to go by, the instructiveness is not very good. I suppose if you like quick, childlike sketches, this would be interesting, but it didn't do it for me. If I hadn't waited so long, I would return it.
Disappointing Dec 7, 2005
I had really looked forward to getting this book in the mail. But I have just finished reading the book and I am very disappointed. The author shows you how she painted 10 different paintings. And while that sounds good, it somehow didn't work to help to teach you how to paint on your own. To begin, most of the paintings are explained in about 6 short steps. I appreciate that the author wanted to keep the copy part brief, but it is of course impossible to really understand and paint a picture in 6 brief steps. And the author never really outlines strong principles behind what is happening, so you end up feeling that MAYBE you could paint the picture in that she demonstrated, but you are not really given enough to walk away and paint your own painting. In addition, I am assuming that the book expects you to learn by actually painting the examples and "following along". And yet the book does not provide a photograph of the scene to be painted; so that you could look and make choices for yourself. Instead you must follow just what the author did, which feels very juvenile. I would prefer to learn by making some of my own choices, instead of doing an exact copy of someone else's painting. And in fact before the author even starts the book's lessons, she provides a big fat copyright warning that states that if you choose to "follow along" and paint any of the paintings in the book, that you are not allowed to sign the painting or show the painting anywhere. Which seems a bit cheeky, given that this is the only thing you get out of this book...
If you really want to learn how to paint with oils, my suggestion would be to buy the book Painting the Impressionist Landscape by Lois Griffel. When I finished that book, I was so inspired, and my painting ability dramatically improved from that day forward.