Painting with Oils

Helen Van Wyk

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.

David P. Richards

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.

Roberta Carter Clark

"...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."

Roger W. Curtis

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

Mary Deutschman

"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."

David Sanmiguel

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.

Mark and Mary Willenbrink

"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."

Christophe Drochon; text by Françoise Coffrant

"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."

Chris Saper

"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."

Dorothy Dent

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.

Suzanne Brooker

"The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in academic art circles. Fortunately for aspiring artists today who wish to learn the methods that allowed the Old Masters to achieve the luminous color and subtle tonalities so characteristic of their work, this knowledge has been preserved in hundreds of small traditional painting ateliers that persevered in the old ways in this country and throughout the world. Coming out of this dedicated movement, Portrait Painting Atelier is an essential resource for an art community still recovering from a time when solid instruction in art technique was unavailable in our schools.

"Of particular value here is a demonstration of the Old Masters' technique of layering paint over a toned-ground surface, a process that builds from the transparent dark areas to the more densely painted lights. This method unifies the entire painting, creating a beautiful glow that illuminates skin tones and softly blends all the color tones. Readers will also find valuable instruction in paint mediums from classic oil-based to alkyd-based, the interactive principles of composition and photograph-based composition and photograph-based composition, and the anatomy of the human face and the key relationships among its features."

Jean Wetherburn

This course has been designed to encourage amateur artists, who might otherwise regard oil painting as only for professionals, to discover the pleasure of oil painting.

Wendon Blake

"This volume was compiled from ... 'The Acrylic painting book' (1978), 'The Oil painting book' (1979), 'The Watercolor painting book' (1978), and 'The Portrait and figure painting book' (1980)."

Jeremy Galton

"A comprehensive guide to oil painting practice and technique, this reference offers an informative A-to-Z section of valuable skills such as how to build up a painting and how to make brushwork describe forms and textures--as well as a wealth of stimulating ideas for the canvas, including combining oil paints with other media, mixing paint with sand and sawdust, and applying it with such tools as knives, rags, or even the fingers. The second half of the book shows all the techniques in context. Illustrated with a gallery of paintings by well-known artists and full of detailed, step-by-step demonstrations, the guide shows how each artist applies knowledge of oil painting techniques to the interpretation of a subject, whether landscape, portrait, or still life."

Serge Clément and Marina Kamena

"The inventive, colorful, intricately detailed pages of this hand-painted, hand-lettered book exude the playful experimentation and imaginative spirit that are integral to creating art. Part art instruction and part art history lesson, The Joy of Art introduces the world of pigments, lines, landscapes, portraits, perspective, and much more. On each double-page spread, the authors' own original art is juxtaposed with reproductions of paintings by Rembrandt, Bosch, Michelangelo, Degas, Seurat, and Warhol, among others. Written to encourage people of all ages to pursue their creative impulses, this artists' book about how to make art -- the only book of its kind -- reveals the sheer joy of art on every enticing page."

Bill Creevy

Presents detailed discussion of materials and tools; basic oil techniques; glazing and scumbling; and alkyds, oil sticks, and water- miscible oils. Abundantly illustrated with the author's works, many shown both in-progress and completed.

Kathleen Lochen Staiger

"Painting instructor Staiger (Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida) has been teaching a course in the fundamentals of oil painting for a number of years. This volume was developed from that course. Each of seven lessons features hands-on exercises and step-by-step demonstrations. Sample topics include capturing the illusion of three dimensions, mixing colors, and creating a landscape painting. Illustrated throughout with full color examples."