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The Power of Positive Painting© is the long awaited how-to paint book by nationally renown artist, Robert Maniscalco. The P3 is a full color, 142 page, how-to draw and paint method. It is a highly informative, beautifully illustrated, user-friendly paperback book, covering everything from developing an accurate drawing and underpainting, mixing rich luminous flesh tones, to completing a finished portrait. Robert’s step-by-step P3method demystifies the art of not only portrait painting but any genre involving form, including still life and landscape. There’s even a section on releasing the creative genius inside you! The P3 is the sum total of all of Robert’s forty years of artistry and teaching. Every trade secret is laid out for the taking.


“I am so pleased with the improvement in my painting that was visible immediately as a result of Robert’s book. Your writing gets right to the ‘point of art.’ ” — S. Brown, Amazon customer

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


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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 Emeritus at the Arts Student’s League

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 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


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“The Power of Positive Painting is about creating a unified drawing and capturing the essence of character, 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.” Robert Maniscalco


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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

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

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. Regardless of your subject or style, whether you’re a beginner or a professional, now this simple concrete method is available to you, as a full color illustrated book!

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 sensitivity. Eric 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

I am so pleased with the improvement 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

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 painting.  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

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. Never having had an oil painting teacher who offered more than, “not like THAT!,” with no value, hue and chroma charts, no clear practical exercises and few chances to simply play with the paint, without concern about making a failed painting, returning to oils again just might be fun! — Marilynn Bicsak Thomas

Its 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

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 Gonzalez

Just need to let you know how much I enjoyed your introduction to me of the Reilly Method of Painting 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

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Robert’s Power of Positive Painting© Video came out in 1995

It sold in the Metropolitan Museum’s book store for many years.

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So, people are asking me 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 issue: 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 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.
But there is another meaning behind positive. To me, positive it means moving forward, not backward. It’s about finding positive solutions. Our first thought is to associate positive with happiness. But sometimes positive action is downright painful. Maybe that explains the somber mood of the portrait on the cover. The book cover is an enigma, just like art.  

My point in writing The Power of Positive Painting is 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, like 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, maybe even angers 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