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An Artist Teaches By David Leffel

An Artist Teaches :
Reflections on the Art of Painting

(5th Edition - Hardcover)
By David A. Leffel

Internationally Recognized as a “20th Century Old Master”. In David’s Book, You Will Discover Revolutionary Ideas on Visual Concept & Painting Techniques.
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David, in reading your book, it is clear that you own the teaching process as surely as you own each brushstroke on the canvas. Through An Artist Teaches, I get to be in the presence of a Master, and I am touched and humbled by it.

~ Dr. Michael Klaper

David A. Leffel’s Humble Beginnings: The Rembrandt of Our Time

An Artist Teaches Book Contents

The Best Basic & Advanced Oil Painting Instruction With 145 Pages of Luscious Full-Color Art Reproductions.

by Ira Goldberg

A Revolutionary Approach
by Gregg Kreutz

Welcome to the World of David A. Leffel
by Sherrie McGraw

Parts: Concept, Techniques/Tools, Reflections
by David A. Leffel


This book identifies basic knowledge needed to learn to paint as seen in exquisite examples of David Leffel’s own work.  You’ll learn how a visual concept unites a painting and determines every decision that follows. You’ll see details of masterworks that show the rich brushwork that is possible with oil paint.

You’ll understand how to use a painter’s tools to express your own ideas: value, color, edges and paint quality. Leffel will give you understanding that applies to all subject matter including plein air work. You’ll be inspired to become the best artist you can be!

This book is not only one of the most important books on understanding the foundation of learning to paint, it is also a magnificent gallery of more than 140 color reproductions of work from throughout Leffel’s illustrious career.

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David A. Leffel's Illustrious Career

David A Leffel is world-renowned and one of the most revered artists of our time. Not only has he mastered his craft as a fine artist, but he is also a gifted teacher. A beloved instructor for 20 years at the iconic Art Students League of New York until his move to Taos, New Mexico in 1992, Leffel has continued to share his knowledge about painting with students nationally through workshops and worldwide through his live Sunday morning chats about painting on Bright Light Fine Art’s Facebook page.

As a young artist in New York City, he studied Rembrandt to understand what old masters knew about painting. He shares this traditional knowledge in a simple and concise way in his classic book, An Artist Teaches. Appropriate for beginners and professionals alike, this book simplifies the elements of painting in a way that will make learning to oil paint simpler than you thought possible. In this book, you will benefit from insights learned from a brilliant 60-year art career. David will inspire you to start painting in the sculptural painting tradition so that you can realize your artistic visions.


An Artist Teaches : Reflections on the Art of Painting Book

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  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Light Pub Llc; 5th Edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974707473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974707471
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
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Whether we strive to attain greater fulfillment as students of art – or merely seek a deeper understanding of the creative force and its process, “An Artist Teaches: Reflections on the Art of Painting” inspires us to evolve.


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