Create Perfect Paintings

An Artist's Guide to Visual Thinking

Nancy Reyner


Discover an innovative self-critique method that will empower you to answer the artist's most common questions, Now What? and Is it Finished? as you learn to identify and overcome painting issues faced by artists regardless of medium or style.

With hundreds of insights, tips, illustrated techniques and ideas, Create Perfect Paintings shows you how to push your work to the next level by strengthening your perception, technical skills and visual thinking. Exercises and examples illustrate how to critique your own creations and then evaluate them step-by-step for further improvement. You will compare illustrations, and learn to identify and modify artistic choices – from negative space and colour ratio to controlling eye movement, depth and contrast – to see their impact and help you use them to the best effect in your work.

What you'll find inside:

  • Section 1: Essentials Reviews and defines artistic terms and concepts
  • Section 2: Play Phase Shows you how to tap into your right brain.Learn to challenge the process and break habits to free your spirit and inspire variety in your art; also covers materials, tools and surfaces
  • Section 3: Critique Phase Introduces a groundbreaking method of contemporary critique called The Viewing Game a comprehensive, systematic and fun way to analyze, edit and enhance your paintings
  • Sections 4 and 5 Bonus sections explore how to resolve creative blocks, convey artistic messages, boost your personal style, display your work and turn painting into a career


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    275 x 215 mm
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