The paintings of Robert 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 master to apprentice, from teacher to student, and from painter to painter. In "On Becoming a Painter" Robert Johnson answers some of the most persistant 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' brushwork quality I admire in museums in my own paintings?" "On Becomong 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-time artists. Lavishly illustrated with over 100 full-color plates, "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.