Using my 30 years experience of painting and tutoring, The Painter's Book of Magic explores the mystery of why some paintings are more fascinating than others. It describes the techniques, sensory responses and the 'magic' which will make your paintings more engaging, and enhance your appreciation of paintings. Anyone who paints, at any level of experience, or who simply wants to know more about the art and craft of painting will enjoy this book.
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Why do we paint? Seeing and understanding. What are paintings for?
The Line, Tone, Colour.
Telling the Story, The Painter’s Eye, The Hunt for the Subject, Analysing Magic.
The Lead-in, The Stopper, All the World’s a Stage, Perspective, linear & aerial.
The Magic of Line, Lines Forming Patterns, Shadow Patterns, Lines and Movement.
Exaggerating contrasts, Counterchange, Lost and Found Edges.
Increased saturation, Colour-cast, Perspective and distance, Colour and Emotions, Broken Colour, Colour (and shape) Continuity.
The Priority of Objects, People in Places and Relationships, Subjects as designs, The Distortion of Linear Perspective.
What’s in a Name?
Hearing, Taste, Touch, Smell, Bodily Awareness, Empathy.
Rosa Sepple, President of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours says of the book: "Being entirely self-
Peter (Pete The Street) Brown, President of the New English Art Club and a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Pastel Society and the Bath Society of Artists, and also an honorary member of the Royal Society of British Artists, writes: "The book looks fantastic and I’m sure will go an absolute storm".'
Brian Ryder, a council member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and a founder member and past-
John Scott Martin, President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, NDD, PPRBSA, FRSA, a former principal examiner for GCE A Level Art and Design, writes of the draft of this book: "I feel sure that it will find a place on the shelves of many painters. It is interesting that you have covered most of the 'formal elements' (of design) in detail. The 'magic' comes from understanding inspiration and how to convert that into a visual result. I look forward to seeing the published version and being able to recommend it to my students."