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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Revised, Expanded ed. edition (April 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823034968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823034963
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.3 x 25.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mark David Gottsegen, in his role as chairman of the ASTM subcommittee on artists’ paints and related materials, helps develop ASTM standards for art materials. A professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he lives in Climax, NC.


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While not as large and sometimes not as detailed as Ralph Mayer's excellent book on all artist's materials, the Gottsegen often offers a more recent explanation of materials and techniques for painters specifically. One of its most useful elements is a series of step-by-step instructions for various processes, including stretching canvas, making mediums, etc. When researching information on painting topics, this book serves as an excellent source which I would not want to be without.
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It is true that there are no pictures and few illustrations in this book (in the form of simple sketches serving only as informative references), which makes hundreds of pages filled with text seem boring for most people. However I've found it to be an invaluable source of information. It is not a book for beginners who wish to be introduced to painting, (those will find it incredibly disappointing and dull) rather it is a reference tool for more experimented artists who wish to verify technicalities (such as components of the products they use, lightfastness, behaviors and durability of different mediums, and much more). Information can be easily found and explanations are clear and concise. Probably one of the most useful art book in my library at the moment.
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This book states: "every book on painting will contain a glaze recipe," yet this one does not! How s***ty is that? Terrible. Lacks depth of explanation and detail.
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The book was somewhat disappointing.
At first hundreds of pages of dry text, and then no illustrations. Not inspiring. Though might be an "excellent reference", it still remains dry...
I am positive that some illustrations and photographs would keep my attention for longer.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa29ff978) out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Nov. 13 2000
By mix whit - Published on Amazon.com
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While not as large and sometimes not as detailed as Ralph Mayer's excellent book on all artist's materials, the Gottsegen often offers a more recent explanation of materials and techniques for painters specifically. One of its most useful elements is a series of step-by-step instructions for various processes, including stretching canvas, making mediums, etc. When researching information on painting topics, this book serves as an excellent source which I would not want to be without.
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2338d38) out of 5 stars A good reference Feb. 27 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a painter, this book has been a reliable and useful reference for just about everything to do with oil painting along with recipes for a large variety of paints and means of methods of framing, matting, crating, varnishing, and other practical matters. This said, painters not primarily interested in oil, might be able to find a book better suited to them elsewhere, but, for oil painters, this book is an asset.
A final note, the person who claimed this book to be too dry and without illustrations should be disregarded, this is not a picture book for the entertainment of children but a comprehensive handbook for serious painters.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2127f78) out of 5 stars Best painting materials reference book I've ever used Oct. 14 2004
By Debra Yoo - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book enthusiastically to my students as a concise, clear, easy-to-use and thorough reference on painting materials, especially oil painting (though it does cover other painting media). There hasn't been a technical question about materials that it hasn't answered for me, and the information provided has also led me to experiment with new materials. It is not a "how-to" book on painting and there are no pictures or anecdotes, but it is oriented towards serious students and professionals. For me, "The Joy of Cooking" of painting -- wouldn't be without it.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27d19c0) out of 5 stars the premier guide May 3 2006
By painter - Published on Amazon.com
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The Painter's Handbook is without doubt to artists' painting materials. Gottsegen's knowledge and expertise in the field allow for an in-depth understanding of the tools of the fine artist, and his book dispels so many of the myths surrounding art materials that have been perpetuated in other resources.

-Mark Golden, CEO, Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2344dec) out of 5 stars At last--practicality! May 31 2010
By Texas Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the practical one to buy, giving in-depth information about varnishes, mat cutting, crate creating, preservation, permanant inks, etc. It also alerts the artist to possible health issues. This answers all the questions my art teachers couldn't answer from a scientific basis ("well, I heard that this varnish. . .") This book goes beyond conjecture, explaining choices about art products from a scientific basis.


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