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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 05 September 2011
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844486656
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 220x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £12.99
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Oil Painting Step-by-step

£12.99

by Noel Gregory & James Horton

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Book Description

In-depth expert teaching makes this a comprehensive guide to oil painting, drawing on the expertise of four respected and well-loved artists. There is a wide variety of styles and subjects shown and over 300 step by step photographs show how to paint many beautiful paintings.

This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all oil painting enthusiasts, from the beginner to the experienced artist. Starting with advice on materials, painting from photographs, colour and composition, it goes on to describe basic and more advanced techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, scumbling, dry brush, sgraffito, impasto and glazing and the wonderful effects they can produce. For those wanting to avoid the use of smelly additives like turpentine or white spirit, there is a section on water mixable oils. For readers who would like to see quick results, there is a section on instant oil painting, or painting in an intuitive, spontaneous way. Easy to follow step-by-step demonstrations show the reader how to paint landscapes, sea and sky, still life and flowers, and each section is accompanied by a selection of inspirational paintings by the four featured artists, in a rich variety of styles.

1) Four respected and well-loved authors share their expertise, offering a wide variety of styles for readers to admire and emulate.
2) A comprehensive guide to oil painting, including many techniques, styles and subjects.
3) Step-by-step photographs and clear instructions show literally every step to creating beautiful paintings, making oil painting accessible for beginners as well as more experienced painters.

Table of Contents

1) Four respected and well-loved authors share their expertise, offering a wide variety of styles for readers to admire and emulate.
2) A comprehensive guide to oil painting, including many techniques, styles and subjects.
3) Step-by-step photographs and clear instructions show literally every step to creating beautiful paintings, making oil painting accessible for beginners as well as more experienced painters.

About the Author

About Noel Gregory

Noel Gregory began his career studying at High Wycombe College of Art and Bournemouth Teacher Training College, and for twenty-five years he owned an art gallery in Buckinghamshire, UK dealing with Victorian pictures and ultimately his own work. Specialising in oil painting, Noel became a successful and highly respected artist in his own right, working from his studio in Spain where he lived, and selling his work internationally. Noel wrote many books, published by Search Press, introducing artists of all abilities to the joys of oil painting. He sadly died in late 2017, but his wonderful sense of humour and joie de vivre will remain long in the memories of all who knew him.

About James Horton

James Horton is an experienced artist with a particular love of working from life. He has written numerous practical art books, including Learn to Draw the Figure, Pastel Techniques and Skin Tones. He teaches art in colleges around the UK, and has exhibited his work widely, including mixed exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and Royal Portrait Society. James works a great deal in India and since 2000 has been taking art groups to other locations including Tuscany, Venice, North Africa and Jordan. James lives in Cambridge, UK.

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Im pretty sure that this is a bind-up of eight short guides that have been previously published I certainly recognise Roy Langs Sea & Sky in Oils, but publishers are getting a lot better at the stitching-together trick these days and its really quite hard to see the joins here. At a mere £12.99, though, its hardly worth quibbling in the face of the huge variety of material you get.

Because everything runs together so neatly, its best to look as this as a compendium of single-subject demonstrations, albeit a themed one. Turning the pages more or less at random reveals all sorts of useful information on subjects such as on skies, light, reflections, choosing a subject, underpainting and glazing, as well as a good selection of demonstration paintings on subjects including flowers, landscapes and water.

The individual volumes were definitely something to work through, but I rather favour serendipity here. Just let the book fall open and read from there; its full of wisdom and good advice.

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