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What's your favorite book about composition?


(Carol Marine) #1

Please explain why you love it, who it’s by, and where to get it.


(Carol Marine) #2

My favorite is “The Simple Secret to Better Painting” by Greg Albert. The rule is REALLY simple, and I use it ALL the time when I’m composing. It’s basically - variety. The books shows tons of examples of how to apply it all kinds of subjects. I love it. You can get it on Amazon, here.


(Wendi Vann Johnson) #3

“The Simple Secret to Better Painting” is my absolute favorite composition book too. It’s written and illustrated for visual people. I love how you can flip through the illustrations of right and wrong examples, the visual lessons make a lasting impression. North Light book club offers an online seminar version for download.


(Anne Wood) #4

Thank you Carol…just now ordered it from Amazon!


(Anne Wood) #5

Thanks Wendi…have just ordered it.


(Anne Wood) #6

The Greg Albert composition book has arrived Carol and is brilliant. Lovely to have all these reminders to do what we really know we should. Tops along with your book for my bedtime reading. Thank you.


(Sunny Avocado) #7

I ordered it a couple years ago, whenever it was you mentioned this book on your blog. I liked it a lot, and for the visual illustrations of each point. Even though you learned the most through this book, I think I learned most through you and your books/art bytes! And observing tons of others’ art and analyzing them and why I liked them.

I’ve also seen lots of blogs and there are so many good artists willing to give tips here and there, and I collect them.

Sure, got lots more room to grow but I can see progress. :wink:


(Pavel Martov) #8

I found only one satisfactory system of composition where such terms as depicted object and element of composition are not mixed up - in the book Composition of a Picture by Evgeniy Stasenko.


(Thomas O'Brien) #9

I bought yours today instead!


(Carol Marine) #10

I hope you like it, Thomas! : )


(Jacqueline Davis) #11

My favorite book about composition is ‘Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist’ by Carol Marine. :grin:
Seriously Carol I think you have composition for still life nailed in your book. It takes all the guesswork out of how to set up a great composition. Your artbyte on here is awesome also.

I have heard great things about the composition chapter in Richard Schmid’s ‘Alla Prima’ for landscapes, but I’ve never been able to pluck up the courage to spend the $100+ on it. ($250+ for an original copy on ebay!)
(although I notice the softback version is currently at $95 so maybe I will take the plunge).


(Carol Marine) #12

Thank you so much, Jacqueline!!! : )


(Johnna Schelling) #13

Agree on Carol’s book - especially for those of us short on attention span. . .


(Carol Marine) #14

Thank you, Johnna! : )


(Thomas O'Brien) #15

Carol, your book is amazing; it has changed my way of approaching work! I’m taking still life more seriously. A++


(Carol Marine) #16

Thank you so much, Thomas! Glad to spread the love of still life. : )


(Karen Eade) #17

Thank you for this tip. I bought the book straightaway and it is wonderful and I wish I had known about it when I started out.