Learning: General Painting – Oil
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Painting the Visual Impression by Richard Whitney – Paperback: 106 pages; Publisher: Great Life Press; 2nd edition (2015)

This full color book is a summary of the fundamental ideas of representational painting that artists use to help paint light and shadow or the look of nature. --To help the working painter logically solve problems. Written in a concise manner so they can be easily memorized.

Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting by Al Gury – Hardcover: 160 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (January 6, 2009) Best Seller

A practical and comprehensive guide to direct painting (characterised by bold, expressive brushwork and a painterly, atmospheric surface), particularly as it is expressed though the work of the author's mentor, Arthur DeCosta, the legendary master teacher. The book covers the history of the direct methods in both Europe and America.

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists by Kathleen Lochen Staiger – Paperback: 176 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill (July 1, 2006) Best Seller

Everything you always wanted to know about oil painting...but were afraid to ask. Or maybe you weren’t afraid—maybe you just didn’t know what to ask or where to start. In The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted, author Kathleen Staiger presents crystal clear, step-by-step lessons that build to reinforce learning.

Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz – Paperback, 144 pages, Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1997; (see review of hardcover below) Best Seller

Reader review: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.

Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson – Paperback: 144 pages Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition (June 1, 1973) Best Seller

The whys and hows of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, aerial and linear perspective, painting of trees, emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, plus information on canvas, palette, brushes and other materials and techniques. 34 reproductions of paintings by John Carlson. 58 explanatory diagrams.

Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Brandi Cateura, with David Leffel – Paperback, Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1995 Best Seller

The insights, philosophy, painting hints, and general comments of David A. Leffel, a popular instructor at the Art Students League in New York.

Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture With Every Stroke by Mark Christopher Weber – Hardcover: 143 pages Publisher: North Light Books (May 2002)

This unique book deals exclusively with oil brushwork. Painters learn how to render expressive form and texture using the myriad shapes and types of brushes available. Mixing and loading paint, cleaning and shaping brushes for maximum control, and picking the right paint for specific types of strokes are all covered. As Weber writes, the book's purpose is to show "how to use your brushes to make that rascally oil paint do your bidding." Weber uses his own award-winning, highly refined paintings to illustrate the book. Recommended for large collections. —Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Harley Brown's Eternal Truths for Every Artist by Harley Brown, Lewis Barrett Lehrman (Contributor) – Hardcover, 144 pages (March 2001) International Artist Publishing

Harley Brown offers artists his "truths" for painting success—the stuff he hopes they teach in art school. A well-established artist, Brown has gained a large following with his frank, no-nonsense approach to teaching art. Twelve knock-out chapters include:
• What every artist should do first. Harley's own cheap
   and dirty way to start a painting
• Composition—who needs it? See why most paintings are
   boring. And why a few will knock your socks off.
• Working with color. Stay miles ahead of the person who
   skips this chapter!
• Going on from here. Your greatest obstacle isn't skill...it's
   attitude.
• Plus, 30 magic solutions to common problems, 15 things
   to leave out of a painting, 24 painting sins and much more!

Supplementing Brown's advice are more than 10 step-by-step painting demonstrations in oil and pastel. His unique offerings are sure to enlighten and entertain painters of all skill levels and backgrounds.

The 5 Essentials in Every Powerful Painting by Ramon Kelley – Hardcover, 128 pages (September 2001) International Artist Publishing

Over five main chapters, Ramon demonstrates in oil and pastel the 5 essential concepts that, when used effectively, result in powerful, unique paintings.

Painting the Impressionist Landscape: Lessons in Interpreting Light and Color by Lois Griffel – Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications (May 1994) Best Seller

Reader review: I am always looking for oil painting books that will help to develop my skill level. I have been so disappointed in the past. This book is extraordinary. The author gets down to complete basics to really teach someone the fundamentals of painting in the Impressionist style. There are a series of exercises in the book where you learn to paint simple colored blocks. The rationale for this process is that you need to start with very simple shapes and master the color on those before you move to complex landscapes and such. The exercises seem a bit tedious, but I followed along with the book, and was amazed at how much I learned. The book gets very nitty gritty in its instruction....down to the level of what exact colors were used and why. And it really works. I have a whole library of art books, and I can easily say that this is my most educational book of all. I have learned more from this book then all of the others combined. Too often artists write books strictly for the money and fame, but they really don't want to tell you their methods. This woman is a true teacher. She is quite unafraid to share everything that she knows. I would love to meet her and tell her what a great influence she has been for me.

Paint the Sea in Oils Using Special Effects by E. John Robinson – Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: International Artist Publishing (August 2000)


Painting Seascapes in Oils (Easy Painting and Drawing) by Miquel Ferron (Illustrator), Parramon Ediciones editor – Paperback (February 1996) Barrons Educational Series


Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter by Steve Allrich – Paperback, 144 pages (July 1996) Watson-Guptill Pubns


Capturing Light in Oils by Paul Strisik – Hardcover, North Light Books, 1995

The publisher: Writing in a conversational style, Strisik explains techniques that he has perfected over 50 years of work. This colorful and factual guide will be helpful for beginning painters; browsers will enjoy the 150 color illustrations of impressionist landscapes.

The Oil Painter's Pocket Palette by Rosalind Cuthbert – Hardcover, Spiral edition (September 1993) North Light Books


The Complete Oil Painter: The Essential Reference for Beginners to Professionals by Brian Gorst – Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Watson-Guptill; (January 1, 2004) Best Seller

Oils are perhaps the most versatile of all paint mediums. Yet for many artists oil painting is either shrouded in mystique or considered very difficult. Filled with clear, step-by-step instructions and surefire strategies, The Complete Oil Painter is an essential, one-stop guide to becoming an expert in every aspect of this medium.

Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed – Paperback, 280 pages Dover edition (February 1988) Dover Pubns Best Seller

Reader review: This book is a treasure. I have checked it out of the library several times already and now have finally decided to buy it. I have yet to find a better guide to traditonal painting techniques. In a world of modern techniques based on 20th century aesthetics, this is the book for those of us who follow a different path. If you want to paint like Velasquez, Titian, or Nerdrum, this is the place to start.

Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light & Color by Kevin D. MacPherson – Paperback, 144 pages (March 2000) North Light Books Best Seller

Reader review: 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.

Painting Better Landscapes: Specific Ways to Improve Your Oils by Margaret Kessler – Paperback: 160 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill; Reprint edition (March 1, 1992) Best Seller

This innovative book includes advice on solving problems, conveying mood, focusing attention, arranging subjects, and making corrections.

The Artist's Channel: 20 Hour On-line Video Subscription Artists: Johnnie Liliedahl, Ellen Fountain, Eric Wiegardt, Zoltan Szabo, Jan Kunz Format: Color, NTSC, PAL
Run Time: 1200.0 minutes

The Artist's Channel has over 500 high quality video art instruction segments taught by leading artists such as Johnnie Liliedahl, Helen van Wyk, Eric Wiegardt, Jan Kunz, Jerry Yarnell and Zoltan Szabo. Many different topics and mediums are covered, ranging from basics to advanced techniques in watercolors, oils & acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, drawing and much more. Your subscription entitles you to watch 20 hours of our videos using your broadband internet connection over a 3 month period. You watch the videos over the internet. You need to have a recent Windows PC, Windows Media Player 9 or 10, MS Internet Explorer Browser 5.5 or more recent, OR a recent Mac with Safari browser and QuickTime 6.5 or more recent, and a reliable broadband internet connection such as cable modem, DSL or office network capable of at least 450 kbps throughput. When you purchase a subscription, we will send you an email with instructions on logging into our site to create your account. You can be up and running watching videos within minutes. Your account will show how much time you've used, and how much is left in your subscription. So sign up today, and you could be watching 20 hours of these wonderful art teachers in in a few short hours for now!

Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy by Robert Hagan – Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: International Artist Publishing; New Ed edition (November 2003) Best Seller

Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy reveals Robert Hagan's techniques for creating romantic oil paintings the easy way. Hagan shows, step-by-step, how to use reference photographs and sketches to help assemble different elements to form a completely new setting, how to manipulate these elements to compose enchanting paintings using simple-to-understand "placement theory". Following the instructions in Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy can enable any painter to create stunning backgrounds, place the first figure in a carefully chosen spot serving as the "command post" from which to "key" all other elements of the painting. The basic nuts and bolts of making a painting are described, along with how to work with the tow "mother colors". There are eight sensational start-to-finish demonstrations that are easily followed and emulated by the reader. The exercises require only "Hagan's Basic Palette" and a few simple tools. Color palette, reference photographs, sample sketches, and helpful instructions are given for each set piece. Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy demystifies the oil painting process, enhancing the painting experience for the reader.

A Manual of Oil Painting by John Collier – Paperback: 124 pages Publisher: Lulu.com (August 21, 2006)

This republication of the third edition (1889) of John Collier's classic text offers a fascinating and informative glimpse into the academic oil painting tradition of the late nineteenth century. Includes instructions for painting from life using the "sight-size" method, advice on choosing the proper paints and mediums, as well as in-depth discussions of subject matter, color theory, and the comparative advantages of direct versus indirect painting. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the revival of traditional oil painting techniques.

An Artist Teaches: Reflections on the Art of Painting by David A Leffel (Author), NYC Ira Goldberg – Director of the Art Students League (Introduction), Sherrie McGraw / Gregg Kreutz (Foreword) – Hardcover Publisher: Bright Light Publishing; 1st edition (2003)

Here, arguably, is the first book to clearly explain the fundamentals of the art and craft of painting. Written to be approached by students and professionals alike. These pages contain a revolutionary yet simple approach to learning to paint. The text if wonderfully complemented by over 140 full-color reproductions with key details enlarged to show the master's work.

A Proven Strategy for Creating Great Art by Dan McCaw – Hardcover: 128 pages Publisher: International Artist Publishing (December 1, 2002)


Energize Your Paintings With Color by Lewis Barrett Lehrman – Hardcover, 131 pages (October 1993) North Light Books featuring paintings by our artist June Allard-Berté


An Introduction To Oil Painting by Ray Smith – Paperback, 72 pages 1 Paperback edition (May 1998) Dk Pub Merchandise


All About Techniques in Oil (All About Techniques) by Parramon's Editorial Team (Editor) – Hardcover, 144 pages (October 1997) Barrons Educational Series


The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques by Jeremy Galton – Paperback, 176 pages (April 1997) Running Press


A Light Touch: Successful Painting in Oils by David Curtis – Paperback, 128 pages (March 1997) David & Charles Uk


The Big Book of Painting Nature in Oil by S. Allyn Schaeffer, John Shaw (Photographer) – Paperback, 399 pages (April 1991) Watson-Guptill Pubns Best Seller



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