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The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques: A Unique Step-By-Step Visual Directory of All the Key Oil-Painting Techniques

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Oil paint is such a responsive and versatile medium that no two painters need use it in exactly the same way, and since its invention in Renaissance times it has never lost its popularity with artists. Amateurs also find it appealing, not only because it is enjoyable to use but also because mistakes can be easily rectified, yet in many cases mistakes would not occur if the Oil paint is such a responsive and versatile medium that no two painters need use it in exactly the same way, and since its invention in Renaissance times it has never lost its popularity with artists. Amateurs also find it appealing, not only because it is enjoyable to use but also because mistakes can be easily rectified, yet in many cases mistakes would not occur if the individual had a sound knowledge of technique. In the A-Z section of the book, Jeremy Galton, a practising painter, explains how to build up a painting, how and when to work "wet into wet," and how to make your brushwork describe forms and textures. He also provides a wealth of stimulating ideas such as combining oil paints with other media, mixing paint with sand and sawdust and applying it with knives, rags or the fingers. In the second part of the book, Themes, you can see the techniques in context. Illustrated with a gallery of paintings by well-known artists as well as informative step-by-step demonstrations, it shows how each person applies his or her knowledge of oil painting techniques to the interpretation of a subject, whether landscape, portrait or still life.


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Oil paint is such a responsive and versatile medium that no two painters need use it in exactly the same way, and since its invention in Renaissance times it has never lost its popularity with artists. Amateurs also find it appealing, not only because it is enjoyable to use but also because mistakes can be easily rectified, yet in many cases mistakes would not occur if the Oil paint is such a responsive and versatile medium that no two painters need use it in exactly the same way, and since its invention in Renaissance times it has never lost its popularity with artists. Amateurs also find it appealing, not only because it is enjoyable to use but also because mistakes can be easily rectified, yet in many cases mistakes would not occur if the individual had a sound knowledge of technique. In the A-Z section of the book, Jeremy Galton, a practising painter, explains how to build up a painting, how and when to work "wet into wet," and how to make your brushwork describe forms and textures. He also provides a wealth of stimulating ideas such as combining oil paints with other media, mixing paint with sand and sawdust and applying it with knives, rags or the fingers. In the second part of the book, Themes, you can see the techniques in context. Illustrated with a gallery of paintings by well-known artists as well as informative step-by-step demonstrations, it shows how each person applies his or her knowledge of oil painting techniques to the interpretation of a subject, whether landscape, portrait or still life.

30 review for The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques: A Unique Step-By-Step Visual Directory of All the Key Oil-Painting Techniques

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    As a beginner in the oil painting world, I found this book helpful but not as all encompassing as I had hoped. I had recently attended an oil painting seminar with a well known still life artist and this book explained in a bit more detail some of the terms and techniques covered in my seminar. The chapter that I felt was the weakest was the "medium" chapter. I really need to know more about the materials you use--the paints themselves are still a bit mysterious to me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Giok Ping

    I found this to be really helpful as an introduction to oil painting. It is a great foundation for anyone who is contemplating to paint or who has no other form of training. It serves as a quick and quite complete overview.

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    Wessel van der Merwe

    Very good stuff! Not detailed studies with great tips and techniques.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dot Day

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