PomeranianI didn’t set out to write four books. I simply had something important to say and I found a way to say it. Here’s what People are Saying about my teaching and the book

I could not be happier that my latest book, The Power of Positive Painting has received such glowing reviews. Here are just a few:

Put Robert’s lifetime of study to work for you because the best way to learn is to learn what a master has discovered, so they can save you at least some of the headaches. You cannot avoid them all, but Robert deeply understands the how of teaching, and what you must go through to learn. The Power of Positive Painting focuses on the craft aspect of painting. Certainly, Robert’s artistry comes through but no attempt by him is made to sway the reader stylistically. His method is intended to equip you for any representational genre, style or subject. Robert explores that place between art and craft and science with courage and sensitivityEric Rhoads, founder and publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air magazines.

I probably learned more reading P3 than I did throughout 6 years of college, when it comes to painting technique. I recommend his teachings highly.— A. Garavaglia

A great introduction to drawing and painting. Robert’s “No experience required” approach means a student can learn step by step without fear of getting lost or overwhelmed. — Robert Schefman, Professor of Fine Art, College for Creative Studies, Detroit

I am so pleased with the improvement in my painting that was visible immediately as a result of Robert’s latest book. You do the critiques so candidly and without allowing personalities to effect your comments. I will certainly recommend you and your workshops whenever possible. — Brenda Delle

The P3 is packed with knowledge! There is no better starting point for realistic painting than Frank Reilly’s teachings, and Rob Maniscalco delivers this information in easily digestible prose, along with inspirational advice and technical know-how.   —  John Ennis, Portrait Artist, author of The Reilly Papers blog

This book presents an organized comprehensive overview of a broad variety of techniques and ideas which make up the systematic approach to representational painting developed by the late Frank Reilly. It serves as an excellent refresher course for those who have previously studied Reilly’s teachings in great depth, and it’s a good basic introduction for those artists who have not been so privileged. The underlying principles that informed Reilly’s teachings are clearly evident in the works of history’s greatest master painters. —  Marvin Mattelson, Award winning portrait artist and educator

Thank you for sharing your incredible expertise and wisdom. As a portrait student, I’ve been refreshed and revived and inspired by your teaching. I’d endorse you any day! Artistically yours, — M. Hoffman

A great introduction to drawing and painting. Robert’s “No experience required” approach means a student can learn step by step without fear of getting lost or overwhelmed. — Robert Schefman, Professor of Fine Art, College for Creative Studies, Detroit

I’ve always wanted to be able to master honest observation. Thanks to Robert, I can finally draw and paint what I see.  R. Kinney

Rob Maniscalco is a distinguished artist, writer,  art teacher,  playwright and actor. I applaud him for that. As you might expect, I am a tough critic. I think your book will be a success! The Power of Positive Painting gives many valuable insights. It’s been my pleasure and honor to be able to get this “sneak peak” of his wonderful book. Your dad was a wonderful artist! I see you are as well. You have learned from the best!  Jack Faragasso, Frank Reilly authority, Professor at the Arts Student’s League

I absolutely got my money’s worth! Now I know I can paint a face and all the parts will be in the right place! Painting the P3 way is a lot of fun! — Caroline Goodman

Well you are not only a very gifted painter, but an effective inspirational writer.  I’ve been under your influence all day as I started my judge portrait.  From a practical aspect I am developing a new approach.  I really think you are the real deal, and I’ve enjoyed your writing as much as your instruction.  Betsy Wilson-Mahoney

IF I was an artist, especially a painter, I would insist this book goes into the curriculum in every art school in the country. Amazingly thorough, insightful, and full of views from 30,000 all the way down to the runway.  Doug Crowe

It’s like a Kleig Light went off in my head! Everything I ever learned anywhere suddenly made sense! Value is Key! I am no longer plagued by muddy color! You told me you would help me and you did!  Karen Silvestro

I really do appreciate you and what this instruction is doing to lift up my artwork to a higher level. As an artist, this has been a dream come true, to be able to understand light and shadows. You’re a very special teacher. I thank you. — Maureen GonzalezJust need to let you know how much I enjoyed your introduction to me of the Reilly Method of Paining and your Power Palette approach to predetermining hues and values! Freedom is the result of this structure! As we paint and enter the flow of the visual communication between the artist and the model, having the power palette permits color selections and modification without gaps in the flow. The Creative Energy can stay higher! Thank you for keeping the Masters’ Secrets alive for a new generation of painters!  Cessily Thalacker, Artist and Teacher

Being unemployed due to Coronavirus I decided to take up a new hobby and try painting. I bought the necessary supplies, sketched out several ideas, plotted my canvas…and froze, afraid to place the paint on the canvas for months. This week I read The Power of Positive Painting and very early on Rob eased my fears with his good humored and memorable approach to sharing a lifetime of knowledge. I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in painting, either as a new hobby, or for more experienced painters ready to garner great tips from a Master Artist. Thank you Rob for showing me a new way to see. — Dawn Campion

Robert is the rare accomplished artist who also has the ability to teach and inspire naturally. He has the gift of making complex information understandable, which is a great motivation for art students of all levels Richard Christian Nelson

The P3 is packed with knowledge! There is no better starting point for realistic painting than Frank Reilly’s teachings, and Rob Maniscalco delivers this information in easily digestible prose, along with inspirational advice and technical know-how.  —  John Ennis, Portrait Artist, author of The Reilly Papers blog

If you wish to paint portraits in oil, this book is invaluable. In fact, reading the clear instructions, solid color information, and step-by step exercises, I just might want to begin working in oils again. I never had an oil painting teacher who offered more than, “Not like THAT!” Now, armed with value, hue and chroma charts, clear practical exercises, a little know how, I might be able to do more than simply play around with the paint. No longer being afraid of making a “failed” painting, returning to oils again just might be fun! — Maryilynn Bicsak Thomas, artist

I probably learned more reading P3 than I did throughout 6 years of college, when it comes to painting technique I recommend his teachings highly.—  Ann Garavaglia

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