Painting with Oils

Color Mixing the Van Wyk Way

By Helen Van Wyk

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In this practical guide to color from one of America's best known artists, color mixing is explained clearly. Oil and acrylic painters will learn how to put color theory into action. This book is a tremendous help to the artist struggling with color composition.

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How to Discover Your Personal Painting Style

By David P. Richards

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Richly illustrated with work from 31 acclaimed artists in various mediums, this guide shows artists how to use their unique way of seeing to create expressive paintings.

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How to Paint Living Portraits: Oil, Charcoal, and Watercolor

By Roberta Carter Clark

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"...a practical and in-depth approach to portraiture. You'll work through a series of detailed drawing exercises of the face, body and clothing as a basis for painting lively, successful portraits in watercolor and oil. The book Includes 24 step-by-step exercises and additional techniques and exercises show how to stage interesting lighting situations, use different mediums, avoid common errors and capture a subject's unique likeness."

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How to Paint Successful Seascapes: Techniques in Oil

By Roger W. Curtis

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Extend your love of the waterside by capturing it on canvas.

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No Experience Required: Water-soluble Oils

By Mary Deutschman

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"If you're interested in painting with water-soluble oils, but don't know where to start, this is the perfect book for you! With this innovative medium you can achieve the rich look of traditional oils without the hassle of working with messy, toxic solvents and pungent paints."

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Oil

By David Sanmiguel

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This step-by-step guide introduces all the materials, techniques, and styles needed to become comfortable with oil painting. Find out about the properties and ingredients of oil paint, as well as how to mix your own and work with solvents and dryers. Instructions tell when and how to use brushes and spatulas to shape the paint; how to create realistic fleshtones; and how to "model" oils without blending brushstrokes. You'll also learn the characteristics of warm, cool, and neutral colors, and how to approach figure drawing, still lifes, and landscapes.

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Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner

By Mark and Mary Willenbrink

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"Oil painting doesn't have to be difficult! This is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results, from first strokes to finished paintings. The DVD workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finish."

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Painting Animals

By Christophe Drochon; text by Françoise Coffrant

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"Enter the extraordinary world of painter Christophe Drochon, who, for the first time, opens up his studio and allows us a privileged glimpse into his art. Frequently focusing on animals, his strikingly realistic yet dreamlike images reveal nature's beauty and fragility, as well as Drochon's profound concern over its destruction. As he creates, we watch the progression from initial sketches done outdoors 'from life' to painstaking studio work. Examples in a range of media showcase the different ways he captures a big cat's baleful gaze, a macaw's luminous plumage, and the ominous peace of a slumbering polar bear."

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Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color and Light: in Oil, Pastel, and Watercolor

By Chris Saper

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"Artists constantly tell us that they need guidance for rendering skin tones in their portraiture. This book helps them overcome this elusive challenge by providing a clear set of easy-to-follow principles for painting a variety of skin tones in three major mediums--oil, pastel and watercolor. The first chapter is rooted in the basics, showing artists how to recognize and use the five major elements of painting: drawing, value, color, composition and edges. From there, artists learn how to work with light, shadow and color to effectively capture the beautiful skin tones of various ethnic groups, including Caucasian, Asian, African-American and Hispanic. Next, artists discover how to execute the principles learned, using detailed instruction for color selection, mixing and application. Four mini-demos, three long demos and many examples illustrate the lessons. Artists will benefit from advice on shooting and choosing photographs to paint, how to edit their compositions and work past their limitations."

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Painting romantic country scenes in oils

By Dorothy Dent

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In complete step-by-step demonstrations painted in oils on canvas, popular painter Dorothy Dent shows you how to create romantic country scenes in all seasons. From pastoral farmlands to breathtaking mountain vistas, woodland streams to historic old mills and coastal lighthouses, clear photos show how to achieve consistent highlights, shadows, light and dark contrast and textures for realism in landscape painting.

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