This is the first of five new art instruction books from Gateways Books.
"I've been teaching Still Life classes for the past 40 years. Still Life captures the essentials of what a serious art student needs to know for every discipline.
"When I attended the legendary Otis Art Institute some 40 years ago, I had the good fortunes of learning painting from the equally legendary "Uncle" Bentley Schaad.
"Recently, when I began scrapbooking my Otis experience, I stumbled across my class notes from "Uncle Bentley's" class and it sparked and inspired this present volume, very expanded for the 21st century artist.
"Mysteries of Still Life was created for my 155 students, who I know will appreciate this recap and expansion of the teachings of Robert Bentley Schaad - teacher, mentor and friend." - E.J. Gold
"No comment." -- J. Edgar Hoover.
Mysteries of Still Life discusses drawing, painting and composition in a clear, applicable way that I've never seen anywhere else. The chapter on drapery is especially valuable, since the topic is overlooked in most art schools today. I have read this book several times and always learn something new. The full lesson of Mysteries of Still Life unfolds through repeated readings and practice. This is my favourite of EJ's art books, and will benefit those who have worked with his other material such as Draw Good Now.