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I did see some of those inflated prices! I still may consider the investment as my interest in painting has taken off more than I originally expected. I just love the process and it’s become my own form of therapy! I tell people it’s like going to a really good movie! My mind goes into the painting and away from the troubles of the day! Thanks for your investment in the completeness of your response. Much appreciated!Marshall…
@tinafigartist, I figured when I was posting that you may already have it.I agree it is a book to treasure.
David Leffel. What an artist. Mark's work and style remind me of him a lot. The book is - Oil Painting Secrets from a Master - Linda Cateura (author) David A Leffel (Contributor).Google his works and you'll find paintings and youtube clips if you're not familiar with him. Brilliant observations in the book. In videos you'll find he has a way of describing things or making an observation that can bend your way of thinking about painting.
if you are interested in painting/drawing people, i have two suggestions: for the fun of practice you can try "the human figure" by Vanderpoel (suggested by my instructor at the atelier). But if you want to get a copy, get one that is pre-1960s. the later ones the instructor said are no good as the drawings lose much of the subtleties. Ive practiced a lot from it.. it has drawings for you to copy with space given inside the book itself (but don't draw in the book ), from little bigger than thumbnail to moderate size. for the older version i would suggest Ebay. The other would be Sargent's "Portraits in charcoal" book.... it has a closeup of the faces.. so again a great book to practice not only the features from, but how Sargent worked the values in a full lit face to a shadowed one... i just got it, just seen the pictures, haven't read it yet.If your town has used book sales anytime this year i would suggest you give a visit, you can get many gems there and hardbound in great condition too.. i got quite a few from there.. One is a Sargent book of his paintings for $5 which is ~ $50 in amazon P.S If you have a good library nearby, and see a sizeable art inventory, give it a visit, that's how i decided to get the Vanderpoel, after checking it out in a library.