In “Lessons in Classical Painting: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier,” artist Juliette Aristedes provides a solid book on foundational painting skills with principle, step-by-step instructions, and hands-on lessons as well as a plethora of essays on topics of being an artist. The book follows a progression from flat, abstracted painting to developing form and then finally full color painting. This is much more than a simple step-by-step book to learning to paint. Rather it is also an exploration of what it means to be an artist, how they see the world, and how to develop your inner creativity. This book is a solid introduction to classical painting and though I have not had the opportunity to practice the lessons and activities, I think that this would be a good book for anyone looking to take up classical painting. It is filled with gorgeous full color photographs and examples. If you’re wanting to go beyond just learning to paint to understand the importance of art, I highly recommend this book.
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