Painting with Oils

Here are books that teach the basics of oil painting and delve into other artistic techniques as well.

The Oil Painting Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist

By Bill Creevy

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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.

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The Joy of Art: A Creative Guide for Beginning Painters

By Serge Clément and Marina Kamena

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"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."

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The Complete Oil Painting Course

By Jean Wetherburn

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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.

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The Complete Painting Course

By Wendon Blake

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"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)."

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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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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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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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