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A great reference book for all artists.
on August 8, 2001
I guessed writing review using reverse-psychology is rather easily misunderstood, considering review readers are from around the world with different ways of thinking. So, let me rephrase my comments about this book.
This book is a 5-STAR, due to the following reasons:
1) The book provides detailed discussion of pigments (pp 65-134), including both physical and chemical properties such as lightfastness (resistance to fading on long exposure to sunlight), density, vehicle compatibility, chemical class, formula, etc.
2) The book also covers other materials used in oil, watercolor painting, as well as other painting techniques such as tempera, mural, etc.
3) Readers will find formulas for preparing mediums throughout the book, as well as supports, solvents, safety issues; along with information on painting tools (brushes, knife, etc.) and other techniques (silk screening, sculpture, etc.)
4) Finally, for readers who prefer further reading on certain subjects, a thorough reference index serves the purpose.
This book targets professional and serious artists, and will serve well as a great reference book.