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Painting Made Easy
Starting from the premise that we all want to make marks to record the world around us, this book aims to give basic guidelines that will help anyone to express themselves through different media but especially watercolours, oils and pastels. Professional artist Mike Chaplin demonstrates that anyone can paint if they are taught the necessary techniques in a simple and structure way.
This book features:
- Essential skills and techniques presented in an accessible way
- Structural tuition, beginning with basic markmaking and how to make the transition from drawing to simple watercolours
- Stand alone sections on watercolours, oils, pastels incorporation guidance in the process that are fundamental to each medium
- Project to inspire and encourage
Andrea Del Castagno And The Limits Of Painting
The Florentine painter Andrea del Castagno (c. 1419-1457) was a central figure of the Italian Renaissance, and his work appears in every major survey textbook on the period. Giorgio Vasari described him a master of drawing and a constant innovator. Vasari also however claimed that Andrea was a cold-blooded assassin, a man who left a self-portrait as Judas and who had murdered a fellow painter to obtain the secret of painting in oil. When Andrea del Castagno drew, he drew blood. The story is untrue; the few documents on the artist suggest an uneventful life and a very successful short career. Yet Vasaris tale is suggestive, and it serves as the starting point of this book, the first monograph study of Andrea del Castagno in more than three decades. Many of the painter's visual experiments were artistic dead-ends, seldom or never repeated, and they reveal the limits of a whole emerging visual system. This is painting that struggles to update old schemata for new antiquarian concerns and a new artistic order; natural, supernatural, and imaginary phenomena are all uneasily subject to the same norms of depiction and the same totalizing visibility. In a series of close analyses of key works, this book argues that Andrea del Castagno's art of creative disruption lays bare the problems and paradigms of early Western art. It is a limit case at the moment when the idea of art was itself coming into being.
Painting On China
From the INTRODUCTION:
THIS little work is not only intended as a guide to the particular art of china painting, but is especially designed to meet the needs of those who may be unaccustomed to the use of either brush or pencil.
With this end in view, the strict attention which will be given to practical detail, and the careful instruction in the rudiments of the art may prove somewhat fatiguing to those who, already experienced in oil and water colors, desire only such instruction as will aid them in the use of mineral colors upon the glazed surface of hard porcelain.
Let these amateurs in china painting remember that the most skillful artists have failed in attempts at china decoration through ignorance of a few secrets pertaining to this art alone, which, when learned, seem simple enough, but by their intelligent use enable the artist to produce results that add materially to our home decoration.
First attempts are always more or less discouraging. Difficulties, unknown in oil painting, are here encountered at every step; but these difficulties, insurmountable by the uninitiated, are, after a little careful study, easily overcome.
For the encouragement of beginners it may also be said that if obstacles are encountered in the first "manipulation" of the vitrifiable colors used in china-painting, so also are more agreeable results possible from the hands of the amateur than in any other branch of art; and articles in china, decorated by purely mechanical means, sometimes compare favorably with the valuable productions of accomplished artists.
Success in this art depends greatly upon the patience and perseverance of the decorator, and a proper selection of colors, brushes, etc. It may also be added that perfect order and cleanliness are not only desirable but positively necessary in order to obtain satisfactory results.
It would be hard to find an accomplishment more refined or elegant, or that will yield a better return for the time, labor, and thought expended on it, than china painting.
Many beautiful and original modes of decoration, and, it may be added, many novel and interesting artistic ideas, which would otherwise lie dormant, may here find expression as the tyro in this branch of art becomes more proficient and better able to finish and perfect the work. Many persons in the great cities earn a comfortable livelihood by practicing this branch of art, and, in proportion as they excel, find both profit and delight in its pursuit.
Spoils Of War
Step into the dark world of Shadowlust, if you dare, a world of beautiful women and the insatiable creatures that crave their naked flesh. Spoils of War is the first official Shadowlust sketchbook, containing 24 black and white pages of captives and slave girls, at the mercy of the savage denizens of this dark fantasy realm. This Spoils of War sketchbook brings you all-new scenes of erotic peril, not available on the Shadowlust.com website or anywhere else.Defiant to the last, or submissively accepting their fate, these girls are stripped, bound and awaiting your pleasure.You'd better hurry though, those wolves look hungry
The Fundamentals Of Oil Painting
The perfect guide to an absorbing activity the book covers everything you need to know from investing in the right equipment and making those first marks to developing a range of subject matter.
It sets out the materials that artists will need and demonstrates useful methods of work followed by examples and advice covering all types of subject matter.
The authors engaging style and inspiring examples will encourage readers to take up their brushes and experiment for themselves.
About the Author
Barrington Barber is a renowned author in the field of teaching drawing skills and a practicing artist. He enjoys a successful career as a commercial illustrator and fine artist and has written and illustrated a wide range of best-selling instructive art books.
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