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Drawing and Painting Horses [Hardcover]

Barbara Oelke
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2000
The first book to offer in-depth instruction in the art of drawing and painting horses, this study examines the development of time-honored equine art in sporting, portrait, and country life painting.

A gifted specialist shows how line, shape, form, light, color, value, space, and design are applied to drawing and painting the horse. Step-by-step lessons detail equine anatomy, skeletal structure, and musculature; differences among breeds; techniques for quick life sketching versus working from photographs; how to include riders on horseback; and basic landscape settings. Fine examples of contemporary equine painting are included.


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Barbara Oelke, whose work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, conducts workshops for the American Academy of Equine Art. She lives in Maryland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review Dec 17 2011
By John
Format:Hardcover
The book was for my wife and she was very pleased with it. She has gone thru it several times to get some ideas for a painting she is working on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bravo! July 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Great job! I found just what I was looking for in this book. The detail has been very helpful and the examples included are a joy to view. I love it for helping with my painting. My daughter loves it for the works of art by the author and others she has included. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book March 19 2002
Format:Hardcover
the art in this book, including that by the author/artist, is worth the price alone. I've not had the chance to try the drawing suggested, but the information offered seems really valuable. Worth having if only for the beautiful pictures of horses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for the Basics March 8 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
All beginning artists, not only those who struggle with capturing equine form and movement, would benefit from this book. The chapter on selecting a medium is a particularly good primer on the qualities and characteristics of materials available to the initiate. Equine anatomy is comprehensively discussed, with clear, instructive drawings and interesting anatomical details which may help add realism to artistic renderings. The elementary concepts of equine movement are crisply defined, and the author's advice on the use of color and technique is helpful. Developing equine artists will find the book to be a great resource in refining their skills.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reconsideration June 12 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My original review was too polite and defied the truth regarding this book. Honestly, it is not worth the money, barely deals with the subject matter at all and when it does, it is vague and amateurish. I was so disappointed in this book that I returned it. I really do love Ms. Oelke's paintings. I only wish she had written a book about her work, her style and her techniques instead of trying to hit EVERY aspect of equine art! As a result of this "crazy quilt" attempt at writing, Ms. Oelke has managed to embarrass herself. I hope the next book is REALLY about how to paint horses and ONLY about that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice BEGINNING May 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because I love Barbara Oelke's work. Unfortunately, not much of it is in this book. Though I realize the importance of the history of equine art and in understanding the anatomy of the horse, I think too much of the book is taken up with these subjects. There is some interesting and helpful information regarding the actual drawing/painting of horses as well as tips on proportion and background considerations, but overall I think Ms. Oelke could have put together a higher level of instruction given her equine knowledge and immense talent. Considering the cost of this book, I expected a more in depth discussion/dissection of her style of painting/drawing, as well as the works of other equine artists. The bottom line is if this is your first foray into the world of equine art then this book is a scratch-the-surface start a beginner is looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all equine artists Feb. 10 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book approaches the art of equine painting from the point of view of an artist not just a copiest. Combining useful information on anatomical featues with directions on how to handel the subjects in a background.Ms. Oelke has produced a complete at-home course in equine painting and anatomy.All aspects of equine drawing and painting are coverd,anatomy,characteristic movement and suggestions on how to capture them in landscape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the Equine Artist!
The book is a must have for anyone interested in creating or enjoying Equine Art. Author Barbara Oelke touches on the many aspects of creating a complete work of Art without going... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2001 by "yellamare"
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the Equine Artist!
The book is a must have for anyone interested in creating or enjoying Equine Art. Author Barbara Oelke touches on the many aspects of creating a complete work of Art without going... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2001 by "yellamare"
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone contemplating painting horses
The best thing about this book is the outstanding collection of oils and watercolors showing what todays' and yesterdays' great equine artists can do: poses, settings, horses in... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2001 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing & Painting Horses by Barbara Oelke
This book is a must have for any equine artist. Not your typical step by step book, Ms Oelke covers many things that make the diffenence between a horse painting and sporting art. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2001 by Y. Todd
1.0 out of 5 stars The worse book I have seen on the subject.
This has to be the worst book on the subject I have ever seen. Yes it is filled with beautiful color illustrations, but it does nothing to discuss actually painting the horse. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2000 by Judith A. Weller
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book like the plague
This is a terrible book and is definitely NOT worth the money being asked. The author does NOT teach you how to paint or draw horses. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2000 by Judith A. Weller
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