Vintage 1950s Painting Instruction Book - How to Do Still Life by Leon Franks circa 1952
The easiest way to learn to paint is to use but a few colors, a few brushes, the desire to paint, and to spend a little time each day practicing. Leon Franks
The best thing about still-life paintings made using everyday objects from the kitchen is that you get to appreciate these seemingly ordinary items in new ways. An apple round and rosy catches the warm glow of the afternoon sun. An antique porcelain coffee pot casts a long shadow. A head of lettuce from the winter garden adds bright fluff and filler just as a vintage teaspoon tarnished and spotty brings a sense of history to the overall composition. It's fruit and flatware, dish and tabletop, and now it's art too.
In the 1950s, if you wanted to try your hand at painting a dynamic still life for the first time, you reached for this booklet and the expert advice of award-winning California artist Leon Franks (1914-1970). Leon was originally from Canada, but he studied art in Paris and then headed to California to pursue painting, teaching and design work for the film industry.
When not working on title designs for Hollywood, Frank focused his artistic talents on portrait and still life painting along with creating several instructional booklets for the Walter Foster Publishing Company. This one - How to Do Still Life published in 1952, expertly teaches new artists the fundamental techniques of creating a scene that is rich with composition, scale, color and emotion. With a little practice and patience, anyone can master the art of still life using Leon's simple approach.
- Published in 1952
- 31 pages
- Includes written and visual step-by-step instruction
- Staple-bound booklet
In lovely vintage condition. The pages are clean and bright. The staple-bound pages are strong and secure.
Measures 13.75" inches (length) x 10.25" inches (width) and weighs 6.3 oz.