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Box of the Month: Richard Schmid Art Book Alla Prima II
Richard Schmid spent two years updating the original edition giving him the opportunity to fine tune and greatly expand what is generally regarded as the art world's foremost book for painters seeking serious instruction in representational painting. While all of the information in the original edition has been retained, Richard Schmid revised it for greater clarity, adding abundantly to the text in response to the thousands of artists who contacted him over the years with questions and suggestions. The chapter on color, for example, which was 48 pages is now 75 pages long. Alla Prima II also includes an extensive recommended reading list. Your response has been gratifying beyond my expectations. With your many letters and excellent questions, you have expressed to me your appetite for knowledge and learning, not only about painting itself, but also about the deeply beautiful philosophical ideas I believe should underlie all of the arts. Much of what has been added to this new edition is the direct result of your thoughtful observations and suggestions.
So far I have read quite a few so I thought I would start sharing and recommending a few. I have had this one for while but had never read it cover to cover until recently. There is an expanded edition of this book out now, Alla Prima II, which I hear is full of a lot of new material, but this post is about the older one. Many watercolor artists may not have this book since Richard is primarily a very well-known oil painter, but honestly if you are a painter no matter what media, you will geta lot out of this book. All things every artist should consider to achieve their best work.
Member Services New member? Create new account free! Forums Reviews Images. Mark Forums Read. Salute to our Partners. Will Richard Schmid's book s be of real help to someone brand new to oil painting. If it's mostly a story about his life and his opinions on painting, please spare me the pain.