The first thing I noticed about this book is the skillful use of paintings to illustrate the points being made. This starts in the Foreword where Lundin uses his own paintings to illustrate how painting is a process of molding the picture until you've achieved the effect you want. Booker follows up on this theme in her use of demonstration paintings to illustrate the concepts she's presenting.
For the beginner, the first chapter is a tutorial on getting started. It gives a step by step presentation of how to start thinking about your painting and the basic skills necessary to start. Following this chapter, she devotes a chapter each to painting sky, terrain, trees and water. I found the examples illuminating and the steps easy to follow.
The final chapter is “Putting it All Together.” I think this chapter would be particularly valuable for more advanced artists. In this chapter she emphasizes the need to not only use technique, but also engage your intellect and imagination. This is the step that sets the artist apart from the skilled craftsman.
I highly recommend this book if you're interested in learning about oil painting. If you're a beginner or even an advanced painter, it can help you develop your technique and find new ways to think about the art of landscape painting.
I received this book for review from Blogging for Books.