Frank Reilly never wrote a book but Ralph Garafola has been told by fellow students that this is the book he would have written. Now he’s sharing it with you.

“Frank J. Reilly – The Elements of Painting” presents the principles and concepts of the craftsmanship involved in the graphic arts. The guidelines presented here will help students and professional painters discover and/or further develop their craft and also assist art teachers and art schools in the instruction of their students; it serves well as a college text book of art instruction.

Garafola wrote “Frank J. Reilly – The Elements of Painting” word-for-word from his class notes as Reilly taught. In applying what you learn from this 232 page book which includes 183 pages of color and B/W images and charts, you will develop your own style, naturally without copying the styles of other artists or teachers.

Reilly taught how to draw, how to paint as well as picture making – which involves the composition arrangement of abstract elements to tell a story, including drawing the head/model, anatomy; drapery; and perspective; how to apply light and shade; color: hue, value and chroma; the controlled palette; skills in brush handling including hard and soft edges; indoor studio figures, portraits and still lifes.

Artist/Author/Educator Ralph Garafola and many famous artists are part of the lineage of the great instructor Frank J. Reilly. Ralph studied at The Art Student League for over seven years with Reilly, Instructor and Commissioner of New York City.

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Book contains 232 pages/weight 2.45 lbs

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books Ralph Garafola studied at  Art Students League for seven years with Frank J. Reilly, Instructor and Commissioner of Art for New York City. “To succeed in the realm of graphic arts, like dancing and music, one must acquire knowledge. By practicing and applying that knowledge, one becomes skillful. It was Reilly’s logical application which was the basis for developing my craft. After 65 successful years I have never found reason to change the drawing or painting methodology Reilly taught to me. I owe him my sincere gratitude. Now through this book I share it with you.”

– Ralph Garafola, Author/ Artist/ Educator

Professionals Are Talking

“Reading this book is like listening to Reilly speak. I have many books on painting and drawing but none as clear and precise as this one. Many of Reilly’s former students wanted him to write a book but he never did. I believe this is the book he would have written.”

Don Martinetti, Artist and member of the Delray Art League

white_de “This book contains a treasure trove of information about the process of painting in the Reilly method. It is an extremely valuable resource and reference guide for students of all level, for those just learning to paint or the experienced painter. It can be used to reinforce an instructors lesson or as a point of discussion between students. The information is presented in an organized and precise manner that can be referred to by the student as they progress through the process of learning to paint.”

Frank Falotico, Artist/Educator and Director duCret School of Art