TERRY FENTON



Published by Hagios Press, 2009

86 pp, 6 x 9 inches. Includes over 30 reproductions of old master paintings, photographs, modern and contemporary painting.

 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements .................................................................. 4
Foreword ................................................................................. 5
This book is about pictures ...................................................... 7

EYESIGHT ..............................................................................8

WHY PICTURES? ................................................................10
What is a picture? .....................................................................12
Why are most pictures rectangles? .......................................... 12
Are pictures necessarily works of art? ..................................... 13
How important are picture titles? ..............................................13
Is there a right way or a wrong way to look at a picture? ..........13
Should you look at all pictures the same way, whether
they're abstract paintings, representational paintings or
photographs? .......................................................................... .14
What is a painting? .................................................................. 14
What is a representational picture? .......................................... 15
What is a photograph? ............................................................ 15
Are painted pictures better than photographs? ......................... 15
What is an abstract picture? ..................................................... 15
What is modern painting? ........................................................ 16
Is some modern art a hoax? ..................................................... 16
Why do some adults enjoy abstract paintings by young
children but dislike abstract paintings by adults? ..................... 16
What do pictures mean? ....................................................... ...16

STEPS TO PICTURES ..........................................................17
Prehistoric Painting .................................................................. 17
Friezes and Figures .................................................................. 18
Manuscript Illumination ............................................................ 22
Consolidation of the Picture ...................................................... 22

MATERIALS / MEDIA .........................................................24
MEDIUM ................................................................................ 24
Materials .................................................................................. 25
Paint ......................................................................................... 25
Fresco ...................................................................................... 25
Egg tempera ............................................................................. 25
Oil paint ................................................................................... 26
Colour ...................................................................................... 27
Paper ........................................................................................ 27
Canvas ..................................................................................... 30
Paint Handling / Facture .......................................................... 31
Watercolour ............................................................................. 32
Acrylic Paint ............................................................................. 34
Surface ..................................................................................... 35

PICTURE TYPES & THEIR SUBJECTS ......................... 36
Devotional Paintings and Frames ......................................... ....36
Perspectives .............................................................................. 36
Easel Picture ............................................................................. 40
Portraits .................................................................................... 41
Landscape ................................................................................. 42
Still Life .................................................................................... 44
Sketch ....................................................................................... 45

Photography ............................................................................. 47
What happened to portrait painting? ..........................................52
If photographs are pictures, what are motion pictures? ............. 52
Impressionism .......................................................................... 53
Post-Impressionism / Fauvism ................................................. 54
Cubism ..................................................................................... 55
Abstraction and the all-over picture .......................................... 56
Uprightness .............................................................................. 57
The Big Picture ........................................................................ 59
Figure and Ground ................................................................... 60
Shaped pictures ......................................................................... 62

NARRATIVE / STORYTELLING /
DEMONSTRATION
............................................................. 63
Genre painting .......................................................................... 65
Reproduction ............................................................................ 66

ART ......................................................................................... 68
What is it? ..................................................................................68
Are some works of art really better than others, or is
quality just a matter of personal taste? ....................................... 69
How can you tell the best works of art from lesser ones? ..........70
Why do we distrust art? ............................................................ 70
The impact of art ....................................................................... 70
Seeing pictures ...........................................................................71
The Emperor's New Clothes ...................................................... 71
It ain't necessarily so ..................................................................73

ARTISTS ................................................................................ 74
Genius ...................................................................................... 74
Judgment .................................................................................. 76
Creativity .................................................................................. 77

COLLECTING ....................................................................... 79
Museums .................................................................................. 79
Why visit museums? ................................................................. 79
Exhibitions ................................................................................ 79
Pictures as decor........................................................................ 81
Why collect? ..............................................................................81
So, if YOU want to buy art......................................................... 82
Contemporary art....................................................................... 82

Notes ......................................................................................... 84
Recommended Reading & Viewing ........................................... 85
Books ........................................................................................ 85
Web Sites .................................................................................. 85
Biography .................................................................................. 86