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The Power of Positive Painting© is the long awaited how-to-draw-and-paint method by nationally renown artist, Robert Maniscalco. This big (8.5″ x 11″), #1 Bestselling, full color, 145 page softcover has everything you’ll need to create inspiring works of art that look 3-D and breathe with life and light. Get your discounted autographed copy by clicking “add to cart” (also available as an unsigned soft/hardcover and Kindle eBook directly from Amazon – see below for that link). Robert’s step-by-step process gives you a simple, clear path for bringing your portraits, still lives and landscapes to life.


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A great intro duction 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

The P3 is packed with know ledge! There is no better starting point for realistic painting than Frank Reilly’s teachings, and 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

Your instruc tion is sound and you are so good at articulating what you are trying to explain. This book has reminded me of all of the good things people said to me in the past, as well as some things I need to hear today like, “don’t apologize!” — Cessily Thalacker, Artist/teacher

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“People thought I was crazy, when I set out to simplify the process of representational drawing and painting, which has always been thought of as ineffable and mysterious. The key is to really observe, not necessarily deeply, but honestly. What makes drawing and painting complicated is that we simply don’t believe the shapes and forms, the abstract miracles, that are actually right in front of us. So we take the wrong kinds of liberties.

The Power of Positive Painting gives us confidence in our powers of observation and helps us understand how to translate what we actually see, into clear, concise and unique shapes and forms, and then assign them their correct, relative values. We begin to think like painters. The Power of Positive Painting deciphers the secret code of the masters and finally makes artistic expression available to everyone.”

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“The Power of Positive Painting is about creating a unified drawing and capturing the essence of form, no matter what you paint. I set out to share every secret I know to empower you with the practical tools you need to create art that breathes with light and depth.

The Power of Positive Painting is about being brave, as much as about being smart. It is my hope you will take positive action, invest in your skills as an artist, by putting this powerful method to work for you.

The P3 Method™ is a continuation of the teachings of Frank Reilly, who’s emphasis on the effective use of values to create form laid the foundation for many of today’s most successful artists   Robert Maniscalco

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Rob Manis calco is a distin guished 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 the reader many valuable insights. Jack Faragasso, Author of The Student’s Guide to Painting,

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 never thought I could be much of a painter but now I’m interested in giving it a try. I bought this book to help me. What a great decision! It gives anyone, regardless of experience, great help in creating an interesting painting, from the basics of sketching, proportion, to color and lighting, plus more. I can’t recommend it enough!  Sue Jaissle Williams

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

Just 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 Minda, Artist and Teacher

I probably learned more reading The P3 than I did throughout 6 years of college. When it comes to painting technique. I recommend Robert’s teachings highly.— Ann Garavaglia

I am so pleased with the improve ment in my painting that was visible immediately as a result of Robert’s instructional painting video. 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

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 teacher. Your instruction is sound and you are very good at articulating what you are trying to explain. Well I’ve been under your influence all day as I started my judge painting. From a practical aspect, I am developing a new approach as I am a 60 % acrylic painter, a 37% watercolor painter and a 3% oil painter. I also have years of doing things my way and they are habits, not necessarily all good ones either, however they have served me over the years. Well, let me wrap this up by saying that I really think you are the real deal, and I’ve enjoyed your instruction. Years of theater has set you up for making a cool video and it’s great that you combine all of those skills at once. – Betsy Wilson-Mahoney

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, — Mary Hoffman

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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. Robert explores that place between art and craft and science with courage and sensitivity. Eric Rhoads, founder and publisher of  Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air magazines.

This book presents an organized compre hensive 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

Being unem ployed due to Corona virus 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

So, what’s with the “positive” in The Power of Positive Painting? 


It’s there because The Power of Positive Painting is a clear simple, POSITIVE solution to the world’s most vexing drawing and painting issues: namely, how to paint and draw three dimensionally. How to bring the feeling of light to life in your work. How to make it feel as if the person could walk out of the canvas. How to get the viewer to step into the painting and feel like they are in it with you there. How to reveal the depth of character that separates the amateur from the professional.
It’s not hard when you know how. My book is kind of like the power of positive thinking – but for painters. It is all about skill and know-how.
To me, positive is about moving forward, not backward. It’s about finding positive solutions. Our first thought is to associate positive with being all happy/peppy. But sometimes a positive kick in the pants is just what’s needed. Maybe that explains the somber mood of the portrait on the cover. The book cover is an enigma, just like art.  

Sure, it’s a great book for beginners.
But what is 
also gratifying for me, is even seasoned pros are learning things they didn’t know they knew.

My point in writing The Power of Positive Painting was to break us out of being stuck, waiting and wondering what to do next. Sure, the book delves into the experimental, responsive nature of painting but mostly the book is about getting us into action and keeping us there. Like relationships and politics, art calls for positive action; art is a force to be reckoned with.
There is power in making art that is convincing and authentic. The Power of Positive Painting inspires us to be a positive force for change, starting with our art. It is willful; it provokes, it instigates, but ultimately it inspires us. The Power of Positive Painting asks us to be bold, to be our best, to be decisive, in a world where “anything goes” and “waiting for inspiration” is the infuriating norm. Instead let’s get into action, right now!”  Robert Maniscalco

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