Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

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  1. D. Blankenship says:
    79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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    I WAS AND AM EXTREMELY IMPRESSED AND HAPPY WITH THIS WONDERFUL WORK…This one is a useful winner., November 14, 2010
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    This review is from: Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner (Paperback)

    Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner! Well, I will be honest. I do not fall into that category. I have been actively painting for about…well, let’s say that I can remember my parents arguing over the prospects of Truman Beating Dewey at the dinner table. I took courses and courses and courses in college; art courses of which most involved painting in a misguided attempt to increase my GPA so that I would not be thrown out on my ear. Since that time I have attended countless workshops and seminars.

    Now you would think that I would be a pretty good artist, huh! Well, sadly I am not. While I receive a great amount of pure joy and personal satisfaction from my hobby, I fear to tell you that I am horrible. The only creatures on earth that appreciate my art work, and come to think of it, my poetry, are my dogs. They are nonjudgmental in all things and quite encouraging…as a matter of fact.

    But that does not mean I don’t enjoy painting…no, no, no! It is a very important part of my life! I am so much richer for it!

    Now the reason I shared the above, other than simply wanting to rant a bit, was to assure you that I know “about” art; I know the mechanics. What I don’t have is talent. Now that being said, I can most certainly verify for you that this is one fine book that I am reviewing here, and if you have never painted before, then you certainly cannot go wrong with this thing.

    I went through this work page by page. Despite it all, I learned much! The author’s methodology is absolutely workable and she is obviously one of those individuals who in a natural born teacher. She knows her subject! She has the rare ability to pass her knowledge on, in an understandable fashion, via the written word.

    Step by baby-step she takes you through the entire process even to the point of choosing and caring for our fist brushes. Her approach to explaining color; mixing, shading, values, properties, mixing and blending are worth much, even to those that know there way around a palette. Still life, portrait, landscape, figure…it is all here.

    Now please take note. This is not one of those little arts and crafts books that teach you how to paint one or two “purty pictures.” No, this is a full blown art course with a certain degree of sophistication. This is not a children’s book, although it could well be used by a skilled teacher to teach children with.

    About the only subject I could find that the author did not spend all that much time on was creativity and inspiration; but hey, that is something you sort of have to work out on our own…when you really think about it…it is not something you can get from a book; trust me!

    I also liked the way that Ms. Garcia has used the work of her students to illustrate her teaching points rather than her own work. So often when the author uses their own work it is hard to separate the teaching from the “showing off.” I liked that.

    Other than taking one on one lessons; or group lessons, with a real life teacher…a good teacher, this work is about as good a teacher you are likely to find.

    Good book. If are in the least bit interested in taking this art form up, then you really need to check this one out.

    Don Blankenship
    The Ozarks

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  2. P. Glass says:
    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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    The Best Book for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, September 10, 2009
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    This review is from: Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner (Paperback)

    I have had the good fortune to have taken several art classes with Claire. She makes drawing and painting fun! Her instructional techniques in class are always very clear and well organized.

    This book is almost as good as her classes. The information is presented very systematically, from how to use the book itself to how handle the brushes and to mix the paint. The chapters answer the many questions beginners often have since it is based on her many years of teaching experience with novice painters. The only thing missing is her wonderful presence which is ever so helpful and reinforcing, no matter what your painting level.

    A much needed addition to instructional books on painting.

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  3. Dawn D. says:
    27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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    Buy This Book, October 2, 2009
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    Dawn D.

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    This review is from: Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner (Paperback)

    I stumbled on “Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner,” which opened a whole new world to me. Now there is “Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner.” Claire Watson Garcia has created two books that are perfect for a novice (like me).

    Her method — well-explained, gently encouraging step-by-step instruction — makes learning the basics easy and relatively painless. Seeing other beginners’ artwork and comments helps, too.

    Even if you are insecure about your ability, you’ll find that you suddenly are quite amazingly drawing and painting! There couldn’t be a better introduction to making art.

    Dawn D.

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