A companion volume to Lessons in Classical Drawing that breaks down the foundational skills and techniques of painting in a format that is accessible and manageable. Lessons in Classical Painting presents aspiring artists with the fundamental skills and tools needed to master painting in the atelier style.
With the same direct, easy-to-follow approach of Juliette Aristides's previous books, Lessons in Classical Painting presents aspiring artists with the fundamental skills and tools needed to master painting in the atelier style. With more than 15 years of experience in ateliers and as an art instructor, Aristides pairs personal examples and insights with theory, assignments and demonstrations for readers, discussions of technical issues, and inspirational quotes. After taking a bird's eye look at painting as a whole, Aristides breaks down painting into big picture topics like grisaille, temperature, color, and composition, demonstrating how these key subjects can be applied by all painters.
Juliette Aristides, whose beautiful art is featured throughout this book, is the instructor of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, where she lives. Her work is exhibited at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and can be seen at the Art Renewal Center,
1 Prologue 7 Introduction 13 CHAPTER 1 Value Pattern: An Arrangement in Gray 13 Finding Formal Shapes 17 The Poetry of Painting 20 Creating Value Shapes 22 Value Composition 24 Monochrome Painting 25 The Importance of Poster Studies 31 Lesson 1: Value Poster Study 41 Lesson 2: Creating a Tonal Underpainting 46 On Seeing 51 CHAPTER 2 Form Painting: The Sensesof Touch and Sight Combined 53 General to Specific 56 Basic Shapes 58 Using Geometric Solids to Understand Form 60 Lighting Your Subjects 76 On Highlights by Alan Carroll 78 Edges 80 Manipulating Edges with Intention 85 Lesson 3: Value Sphere Painting 90 Painting a Cast 95 Lesson 4: Form Painting 101 CHAPTER 3 Temperature: Unlocking the Secrets of Color 104 An Introduction to Warm and Cool 112 Understanding Temperature Relationships 115 The Illusion of Color with Warm and Cool 116 Lighting Your Still Life 118 Warm and Cool Color Chart 123 Lesson 5: Warm and Cool Painting 128 Painting from Life 131 Artists and Their Palettes through the Ages 142 Adopting a Limited Palette 144 Extending the Palette 146 Adopting an Extended Palette 151 Lesson 6: Limited Palette Portrait Painting 159 Lesson 7: Mastering Trompe L'Oeil 164 The Importance of Making Master Copies 169 Lesson 8: Master Copy 175 CHAPTER 4 Color: The Palette of Nature 178 Making Sense of Paint Names 181 The Four Questions about Color 186 The Color Wheel 190 Color Mixing 192 Balancing the Palette 194 Creating the Color Wheel 196 Neutralizing Color 198 Moving Inside the Color Wheel 200 The Challenge of Tints and Shades 200 Color Strings 202 Application of the Color Wheel 207 Lesson 9: Painting a Full-Chroma Object 213 Lesson 10: Floral Painting with a Color Wash Underpainting 221 Lesson 11: Figure Painting from Life
"I have met many thousands of artists over the last fifty years of painting and thirty-five years of making paint. Very rarely do I meet someone who is as good at writing as she is at her visual art. Juliette Aristides is one such person--both a terrific writer and great artist." -- Robert Gamblin , founder of Gamblin Artist Colors "There are few who know classical painting like Juliette Aristides. This book is the next best thing to studying with her in person." -- B. Eric Rhoads , publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir magazines
A companion volume to Lessons in Classical Drawing that breaks down the foundational skills and techniques of painting in a format that is accessible and manageable for all readers.
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