Alla Prima - Schmid
Hey I was looking at books to get for my bday, namely about oil painting, and this book seems to keep popping up. It's $100 au though, and I guess I could get 2 or 3 books for that price. I spent the same amount on 6 tubes of oils, linseed oil, turps and some brushes to put that price in perspective... So what I want to know is, is it really worth the price? What kind of subjects are covered in it? Composition, colour theory, palettes, techniques etc? What have other people thought of it? Is it all it's cracked up to be?
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Originally Posted by waronmars
But I am a firm believer that you can not put a price on knowledge.
If you think this book will have information applicable to what you do,
$100 is nothing compared to the knowledge you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
You can buy it in the USA for $65 usd.
I think the author would sell even more books if they provided a sample. It's a very good book but it's not a how-to book. There are only a handful of shots of his process. With that said, the information in it is very valuable. The section on edges and the importance of squinting helped me quite a bit. The section on color was a little advanced for myself and if you're a beginner I wouldn't use Schmid's exact palette. I feel there are too many colors but he even states to use as few colors as needed. Here's a chapter list if that's at all helpful to you:
Chapter 1 - Good Ideas and Free Advice
Chapter 2 - Direct Painting
Chapter 3 - Starting
Chapter 4 - Drawing
Chapter 5 - Values
Chapter 6 - Edges
Chapter 7 - Color and Light
Chapter 8 - Composition
Chapter 9 - Technique
Chapter 10 - The Magic
oh, you can buy the softcover directly from Schmid for $49.95. That's a bargain. http://www.richardschmid.com/book.html
is it really worth the price?
What kind of subjects are covered in it? Composition, colour theory, palettes, techniques etc?
Is it all it's cracked up to be?
hope that helps
What you didn't trust me when I told you?
BUY IT. Best $60 bucks I ever spent.
Get it from his website, $50 plus 10 shipping (maybe not international) - maybe he gets more money too!
Don't worry Tom, I trust you. I just don't have 60 USD.
Would love to get my hands on this book, I've been meaning to delve into oil painting for a while. Guess I'll need to start saving up.
donate blood...or other bodily fluids if you need too...
Originally Posted by Brendan N
definitely worth every drop
Or a library
Ok, I can only speak for myself here but, this is the one book that I totally love.
It has straight forward information, covers all the topics you were asking about and has lovely paintings to follow it with.
It's really high quality, almost worth the price just for the pictures itself :)
Come to think of it, it's probably the only art book I read cover to cover (which says more about me than the book thou ;)
Anyone want some liver? No? Going once, going twice...
If you want to go half way (pricewise) you can get "Oil painting secrets from a master" (worst title ever) by Linda Cautera. Also very straight forward. Cant compare it to Alla Prima, because i havent read it yet, but its helped me a lot. Some of the stuff is maybe a little TOO specific, but its def. worth the 24 buck i spent on it.
This is without a doubt my favorite oil painting book. It's very practical and written in plain english. He keeps breaking things down so that you can understand it. And keeps giving you different directions that you can approach... edges, values, colors, ect.
While this is the best book you can get if your going to learn to oil paint on your own, it mostly concentrates on painting from life. Like the Andrew Loomis books, I only wish he was able to show us how to give us some insight to painting illustrative paintings as well (such as inventive landscapes and creatures and so on).
Get it! It's absolutley worth it!
But where do u look that it cost 100$ cant believe it!
Go to the homepage of Richard Schmid!
U can get it ther 49 + 10$ shipping cost.
here's the link.
Funny - I was just thinking of getting this. Right now I'm not really interested in using oils but more in gouache, watercolours etc. But it seems this book is valuable more because of it's general painting advice than for its specific advice on painting with oils (please DO correct me if I'm guessing wrong).
Sometimes though, people get really enthousiastic by a book also because they like the author (or rather the paintings) so much. I'm a big fan of painterly paintings and often like plein air painters but I found I really don't warm to Schmid's work. Without going into a discussion of why that is, or why I should like him or why his work is the best thing since school uniforms; could somebody tell/confirm me the book is so good purely based on it's text and insights in painting? Any specifics? Thanks a lot.
The paintings make it a nice book to look at, but the text is why I always recommend it.
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