An Introduction to Oil Painting

BOOKS
OIL PAINTING

Oil Painting E-book Collection

1.
Ray Campbell Smith
An Introduction to Oil Painting (DK Art School)

Whether you’ve taken art classes or never held a brush before, An Introduction to Oil Painting will show you everything you need to know about working in this challenging — but rewarding — medium. Easy-to-follow projects, shown as they were created, teach the essentials while inspiring the student to tackle increasingly complex techniques. Each volume of The DK Art School series focuses on a specific art medium and subject, so you can choose precisely what you want to learn. When complete, the series will offer the widest choice of specific subjects — from acrylic figure to oil portrait, and from pastel still life to watercolor landscape. Build your own private Art School in your home library.

2.
Marla Baggetta , Marilyn Grame, Geri Medway , Tom Swimm , Caroline Zimmermann
Special Subjects: Get Started Painting: Explore Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, and Watercolor (How to Draw & Paint)

Learn how to paint in four different media! Taking the first steps to learn how to paint can be a challenge, especially when beginning artists are unsure which medium best suits them. With this book, aspiring artists will discover the qualities and benefits of four painting media-acrylic, oil, pastel, and watercolor-making it easier for them to begin their artistic journey. After an in-depth introduction to the tools and materials needed for each medium, five accomplished artists guide readers step by step through the creation of their own works of art.

3.
Walter Foster Publishing
Oil Painting Step By Step

Aspiring oil painters can take a journey with four accomplished oil artists as they follow along with step-by-step demonstrations that feature a variety of techniques and a range of subject matter. Artists of all skill levels will appreciate the appeal of each approach as they learn to paint tropical seascapes, pastoral landscapes, dynamic still lifes, captivating animal portraits, and more. Oil Painting Step by Step walks you through concepts and techniques including underpainting, composition, plein air, and special effects, assuring you a solid foundation in this wonderful art form.

4.
Cindy Salaski
An Oil Painting with the Masters: Essential Techniques from Today’s Top Artists

Enjoy producing better oil paintings, and getting professional-looking results by studying the methods of today’s great masters. Kevin Macpherson, Laurie Kersey, Richard McKinley, Camille Przewodek, Phil Starke, George Gallo, Marc Hanson, Susan Lyon, Jeffrey Watts, and Robert Johnson – all offer expert art instruction by providing step-by-step painting demonstrations that include landscapes, portraits, and still lifes.

The book also features beautiful gallery images of finished works by not only these ten masters, but by an additional ten masters as well – Albert Handell, Brent Jensen, Quang Ho, C.W. Mundy, Tibor Nagy, Glenn Harrington, Lawrence Churski, Guido Frick, Barbara Flowers, and Jeremy Lipking.

5.
DK Publishing
Practical Art: Oil Workshop

This addition to the Workshop series will show you how to use your paints to their best advantage. This simple and innovative guide makes oil painting achievable for everyone. Filled with practical step-by-step instructions, this portable guide guarantees success.

6.
Gregg Kreutz
Problem Solving for Oil Painters: Recognizing What’s Gone Wrong and How to Make it Right (Practical Art Books)

Finally – a book to help you solve all your painting problems! Inside you’ll learn how to study a painting and correct problematic areas. Study topics include: Ideas- Is there a good abstract idea underlying the picture?- What details could be eliminated to strengthen the composition?- Does the painting have a focus?- Are the unessential parts subbordinated?- Does the painting “read”?- Could you finish any part of the painting? Shapes- Are the dominant shapes as strong and simple as possible?- Are the shapes too similiar? Value- Could the value range be increased?- Could the number of values be reduced? Light- Is the subject effectively lit?- Is the light area big enough?- Would the light look stronger with a suggestion of burnout?- Do the lights have a continuous flow?- Is the light gradiated? Shadows- Do the shadow shapes describe the form?- Are the shadows warm enough? Depth- Would the addition of foreground material deepen the space?- Does the background recede far enough?- Are the halftones properly related to the background? Solidity- Is the underlying form being communicated?- Is the symmetry in perspective? Color- Is there a color strategy?- Could a purer color be used?- Do the whites have enough color in them?- Are the colors overbended on the canvas?- would the color look brighter if it were saturated into its adjacent area? Paint- Is your palette efficiently organized?- Is the painting surface too absorbent?- Are you using the palette knife as much as you could?- Are you painting lines when you should be painting masses?- Are the edges dynamic enough?- Is there enough variation in the texture of the paint?

7.
Walter Foster Creative Team
The Art of Oil Painting (Collector’s Series)

This compilation of projects from some of our most popular How to Draw and Paint and Artist’s Library series titles provides inspiration and instruction on every aspect of oil painting. From the fundamentals to advanced techniques, The Art of Oil Painting is filled with information that artists of all skill levels will find useful. The contributing artists are all acclaimed for their particular styles and approaches to oil painting, so there are countless lessons you can learn from their individual and distinct perspectives. And the step-by-step demonstrations guide aspiring artists through the oil painting process using a wide variety of inspiring painting subjects-so there’s something for everyone! With this comprehensive reference, you’ll soon discover how exciting painting in oil can be.

8.
James Elkins
What Painting Is How to Think about Oil Painting, Using the Language of Alchemy

The author of this text argues that alchemists and painters have similar relationships to the substances they work with. Both try to transform the substance, while seeking to transform their own experience. He aims to bring the study of art back to the studio to understand the artist’s relationship to his or her medium.

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