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  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:Techniques / Oil Painting
  • Language:English
  • Pages:106
  • eBook ISBN:9781938394140

Painting the Visual Impression

by Richard Whitney

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Dr. Richard Whitney's book has received rave reviews from some of the world's leading artists. John Howard Sanden has stated "I have been an admirer of Richard Whitney for four decades. He is universally recognized as one of America's true masters of contemporary realism. Richard's book, Painting the Visual Impression, is a must for the realist painter. It is a marvel of clarity. Each section features "Concepts' that vividly and succinctly state the goals toward which the artist should work, and each section contains "Helpful hints" that are remarkable for their lucidness and practicality. If you are attempting to paint what you see, and if you want to do it well, you will want to have Richard Whitney's book near at hand and refer to it often." Daniel Greene, N.A. has said "I enthusiastically recommend the brilliant and informative painting book by Master Artist Richard Whitney! Whitney's perceptive insights about painting and portraiture should be of value to artists of every skill level. His book, Painting the Visual Impression, is on par with the famous Art Spirit by Robert Henri and is destined to be a classic book on portraiture and painting." The late Nelson Shanks wrote "Richard Whitney's book brings to us the greater possibility of understanding nature with information towards that objective. In painting - knowing and seeing are one and the same. Thank you, Richard." 

This book is a summary of the fundamental ideas of representational painting that artists use to help them paint in a realistic manner. These concepts have been passed down from artist to student for generations. The author lists them in order of importance to help the working painter logically solve problems. He has added an "Index of Ideas" to help the artist commit them to memory. The first two sections of the book contain principles of composition and drawing. The main section deals with the impressionistic approach to painting nature in a broad manner with simplicity of detail. The author has included a section on helpful advice to students and an extensive reading list for further research. He also discusses how the artist can train his visual memory. Anyone with an interest in art can read this book and greatly increase their appreciation of classical painting.
About the author

Dr. Richard Whitney is internationally known for his realistic portraits and landscapes. Town and Country magazine once named him one of the top portrait painters in America. Fine Art Connoisseur called him “a giant in the field” of figurative painting. He has won over 50 regional and national awards and three grants from the Greenshields’ Foundation. His work hangs in over 800 public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. His paintings have been seen on national television and have been the subject of numerous published articles. His work has been featured twice in American Artist magazine. He is co-author of the book, Realism in Revolution: the Art of the Boston School. Whitney has traveled and painted around the globe, and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States. He studied privately with the renowned artist R. H. Ives Gammell for five years. A 1968 graduate from the University of New Hampshire, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2015. Dr.Whitney’s studio is in Stoddard, New Hampshire, where he lives with his artist wife Sandy Sherman.

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