Richard Schmid

Richard Schmid: Alla Prima II (Expanded Edition) Book


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Whether you're the owner of an original Alla Prima or a first time reader, you'll love the new 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 is over a third larger overall, with over 328 pages, and 262 images of paintings, photos, step-by-step sequences, diagrams and bibliography. Plus, Alla Prima II includes a comprehensive index for convenience.

 

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Tony
Alla Prima II - Expanded Edition

I tend to stay away from modern didactic painting books filled with colourful pictures, preferring older books that are more descriptive. Classics such as Carlson's "Guide to Landscape Painting", "The Practice of Oil Painting" by Solomon, and Harold Speed's books on drawing and painting come to mind. These are designed primarily to teach one the different elements and principles of painting, concepts which so important but often neglected or just ignored by painters. Too many "step-by-step" painting books are full of pretty pictures that are of little value as the whole purpose of painting is not simply to copy a scene in front of you or to reproduce a painting painted by another artist. Art is a synthesis of ideas, feelings, and visual impressions, all which lead to a unique interpretation.

Granted, Richard Schmid's book is jam-packed full of incredibly beautiful images, but the real difference between this book and other how-to-paint books is that whereas the latter are concerned with the mere mechanics of painting, his book is also a journey that uncovers the intimate relationship between a painter and the scene she or he is trying to capture. After all, he says, the most important thing in painting is to be sincere, and I can certainly feel this in every one of his paintings.

I thoroughly recommend "Alla Prima II" to both the budding painter and accomplished artist alike. If you can only afford to buy one book this year, this would be it.

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Tony
Alla Prima II - Expanded Edition

I tend to stay away from modern didactic painting books filled with colourful pictures, preferring older books that are more descriptive. Classics such as Carlson's "Guide to Landscape Painting", "The Practice of Oil Painting" by Solomon, and Harold Speed's books on drawing and painting come to mind. These are designed primarily to teach one the different elements and principles of painting, concepts which so important but often neglected or just ignored by painters. Too many "step-by-step" painting books are full of pretty pictures that are of little value as the whole purpose of painting is not simply to copy a scene in front of you or to reproduce a painting painted by another artist. Art is a synthesis of ideas, feelings, and visual impressions, all which lead to a unique interpretation.

Granted, Richard Schmid's book is jam-packed full of incredibly beautiful images, but the real difference between this book and other how-to-paint books is that whereas the latter are concerned with the mere mechanics of painting, his book is also a journey that uncovers the intimate relationship between a painter and the scene she or he is trying to capture. After all, he says, the most important thing in painting is to be sincere, and I can certainly feel this in every one of his paintings.

I thoroughly recommend "Alla Prima II" to both the budding painter and accomplished artist alike. If you can only afford to buy one book this year, this would be it.

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Louise Payovich
Alla prima #2

Excellent book, nice addition to my art books

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Linda McDermott
All’s Prima II

This book is the only book that resonates with me. It's so thorough and honest. I don't know why I waited so long to buy it. Much appreciate having his valuable experience and knowledge shared. It has answered a lot of questions I've had and actually has helped me become more confident in my painting.

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Linda McDermott
All’s Prima II

This book is the only book that resonates with me. It's so thorough and honest. I don't know why I waited so long to buy it. Much appreciate having his valuable experience and knowledge shared. It has answered a lot of questions I've had and actually has helped me become more confident in my painting.