"On Becoming a Painter"

A collectors’ quality book which examines and explains the classical approach to becoming a painter

by Robert A. Johnson

Recommended by American Artist Magazine; Feb 2002


"...addresses the common concerns of aspiring artists, such as how to achieve color,

harmony or an Old Master quality of brushstrokes..."


"...More than a hundred illustrations provide abundant guidance and inspiration,

making Johnson's book a valuable studio companion."




Michael Burban, Instructor, The Art Students League of New York

Author of "The Drawing Lessons of Michaelangelo"


"...This book is so well informed, so deeply felt in it's

recommendations on becoming an artist that it is a must for anyone

interested in the classical traditions of drawing and painting..."




Maxine Johnston, Instructor, Scottsdale Artists' School


"...One of the most stunning and informative books in it's field...

contains a wealth of art information and inspiration. All serious

artists and collectors should have this book in their library."




Featured in Southwest Art Magazine; Nov 2001




Foreword by Senator John W. Warner

Designed and Edited by Steve Vickery

Sunflower Publishing, LLC

New York, New York


Click here to preview the Table of Contents and Excerpts


The paintings of Robert A. Johnson evoke a newfound appreciation for the elegance and power of works done in the classical tradition. The principles underlying this approach to art have been passed along for the last five centuries from masters to apprentices, from teacher to student, and from painter to painter.


In "On Becoming a Painter", Robert Johnson answers some of the most persistent questions in the minds of aspiring artists, including "What in fact is color harmony, and how can I achieve it?" and "How can I capture the 'Old Master' brush work quality I admire in museums in my own paintings?"


"On Becoming a Painter" includes an extensive exploration of drawing as the foundation of good painting, with numerous illustrations that show how good draftsmanship can make paintings come alive.


Robert Johnson writes with human understanding and acute awareness of the attitudes which can propel an artists' work forward or hold it back. It includes the chapter "Changing Your Life," which is directed at painters who wish to seriously consider becoming full-times artists.


Lavishly illustrated with 108 full-color plates, and 222 pages, "On Becoming a Painter" is an essential book not only for the up-and-coming artist, but also for the collector, the connoisseur, and the art lover - in short, for anyone who cares about good painting.

Cost: $75 (includes $10 S&H.)


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