Category Archives: Oils

“Modern”

On ‚Äúviolently modern painters:”

It seems a pity even so simple a technical course as could be furnished by an ordinary house-painter as to a decent manner of putting on paint, has not been indulged in.

Page 64,  Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

Harold Speed, Sassmaster

I’ve had Harold Speed’s book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials for ages; it was recommended to me by someone smart. After I learned that James Gurney was going to do a Book Club on it, I decided to read it finally. You should too because it is full of good information, not only on the titular subject, but also on art history and how to be a good artist in general.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing. Harold is just full of sass and I’m actually laughing while I learn. I am going to dedicate a series of blog posts to his attitude (and of course his extensive advice). To start us off, here’s a good one:

I am inclined to think that every age has the art it deserves.

Page 31

Enjoy!