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Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter

by Steve Allrich

Priced to reach a broad market, this book offers an inviting introduction to the materials and techniques of oil painting. Allrich begins with an outline of the essential components of good painting, then describes the basic materials and tools of the oil medium. The fundamentals are strongly stressed and lessons on defining concept, toning the canvas, and understaning light sources are covered. 125 color illustrations.

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars

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


From Book News, Inc.
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. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Problem Solving for Oil Painters
by Gregg Kreutz


5 out of 5 stars My favorite technique book, March 23, 1998
  Reviewer: from Burbank, California

I stumbled on this book by accident in an art store library. Upon browsing through it, I realized that I was looking at something very different than the bulk of "art instruction" books available. The author is exceptionally knowledgable about the medium of oils, as well as surfaces on which to paint, but most importantly, he shows many color photos of "bad" paintings and how to correct them. He discusses, composition, lighting, unifying color, shadow color,etc. It is an education in itself. An outstanding work. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light & Color

by Kevin D. MacPherson


5 out of 5 stars For serious painters who want to paint well, June 6, 1998
  Reviewer: S. Pal ( from Seattle, USA

A book full of examples of great paintings by Kevin MacPherson, he keeps the principles of good painting simple. I keep going back to it as my eye becomes more discerning of subtleties in my subject matter and as I gain more skill in the application of oil paint. Anybody interested in a workshop by KMP and others, look for the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) web page. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Hawthorne on Painting
by Charles W. Hawthorne


5 out of 5 stars Hawthorne on Painting, December 17, 2001
  Reviewer: THOMAS LAPADULA from New Rochelle, NY United States

This is the painters bible. No matter how many times you reread this book, you will always find something poignant. I have been teaching painting for over 18 years on the college level and I have found this book to be the best. It is the only book you will ever need to understand light color and design in realistic figurative and landscape painting. Forget those expensive, glossy, overpriced edtions. Hawthorne was a master and you have his wisdom for only ($$$). I am on my fifth copy. The other four just wore out.

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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