Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting

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North Light Books, Aug 4, 2010 - Art - 128 pages
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The quick-start guide to great results!

Oil painting doesn't have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results. Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings.

  • Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way
  • 12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraits You'll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Chapter 1 Gather Your Materials
8
Paints
9
Solvents and Thinners
11
Palettes
12
Surfaces
14
Stretching Canvas
15
Brushes
16
WetIntoDry Painting
53
Painting With a Palette Knife
54
Lifting and Wiping off Paint
55
Positive and Negative Painting
56
Hard and Soft Edges
57
Discussing Plein Air Painting
58
Chapter 4 Lets Paint
60
Getting Ready
61

Additional Supplies
18
Easels
19
Indoor Setup
20
Outdoor Setup
21
Discussing Materials
22
Chapter 2 Basic Art Principles
24
Structural Drawing
25
Measuring and Proportioning
26
Linear Perspective
28
Value
30
Color Basics
32
Complementary and Analogous Colors
33
Color Temperature
34
Color Intensity
35
Combined Perspective
36
Composition
38
Discussing Art Principles
42
Chapter 3 Practicing the Techniques
44
Mixing Paint
45
Loading a Brush
46
Cleaning Brushes
47
Get a Grip
48
Creating Brushstrokes
49
Painting Techniques
50
WetIntoWet Painting
52
Using a Ground
62
Underdrawing and Underpainting
63
Monochromatic Rocks
64
Sunset Beach
66
Mountains With Primary Colors
70
Pear Still Life
74
Sunflowers
78
Cloud Study
82
Landscape With Cottage
84
Painting Trees
85
Seascape With Boats
88
Springhouse in Summer
92
Twilight Gatehouse
96
Lion
100
Silhouettes
104
Drawing People
105
Portrait in Profile
110
Drawing Profiles
111
Girl With Flowers
116
Finishing Your Paintings
122
Conclusion
123
Glossary
124
Index
126
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Mark and Mary Willenbrink are also authors of the best-selling Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Mark is a fine artist, commercial artist and freelance illustrator. He teaches and is a contributor to Watercolor Artist.

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