Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: The Painterly Approach: An Artist's Guide to Seeing, Painting and Expressing

I'm not sure who recommended that I buy the book entitled "The Painterly Approach: An Artist's Guide to Seeing, Painting and Expressing" by Bob Rohm, but whoever it was knew what I enjoyed. 

Rohm describes "painterly" as how one uses line, edges and masses to suggest and express oneself as an artist. "The painterly approach suggests form, detail and mood from start as each part relates to the poetry of the whole"

Throughout the book, he uses beautiful illustrative examples of his landscapes.

Many art books cover similar topics such as color, value, composition, texture, but Rohm has a poetic way of communicating and illustrating his messages.  I particularly like his explanations of how values and edges work together describe form. 

Although he is an oil and pastel painter there is much information that can be applied to watercolours. I have no hesitation in recommending this inspiring book to other visual artists. This is likely a book that I will reference on a regular basis.

Here are some of his paintings:
Bob Rohm

Bob Rohm
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