Foundations of Classical Oil Painting
by Lea Wight – Paperback: 144 pages; North Light Books (Sep 25, 2018)
Professional painting instructor Lea Colie Wight demystifies the formulaic process of oil painting into a simple approach to help you paint confidently and accurately in full color. Develop a core foundational skill set to develop your paintings and discover a signature way of working from life that can be applied to figure painting, portraits, landscapes and still life.
Painting in Oil
by William Palluth – Paperback: 64 pages; Walter Foster Publishing (Jan 1, 1984) Best Seller
Nothing beats the richness and versatility of painting with the time-honored medium used by the Old Masters—it simply has no comparison! Oil paints, which dry slowly, allow ample time to layer and blend complex, deep colors that retain their vibrancy when fully dried. Now you too can capture the beauty of nature and create gorgeous landscapes in the magical medium of oil
Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting
by Al Gury – Hardcover: 160 pages; Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (Jan 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; Watson-Guptill (Jul 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.
How to Paint Like the Impressionists
by Susie Hodge – Paperback: 144 pages; Harper Design; New edition (Aug 17, 2004)
Impressionism has captured the imagination of people the world over since its first exhibition in Paris in 1874. People have long sought to understand how and why the Impressionists created their paintings and how their techniques might be replicated. Susie Hodge reveals the answers to these questions by assessing the techniques and styles of the great masters of Impressionism and showing how artists today can use their methods.
Problem Solving for Oil Painters
by Gregg Kreutz Paperback: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill, 1997 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.
Oil Painting Secrets from a Master
by Linda Brandi Cateura, with David Leffel Paperback: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill (Sep 1, 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.
Painting the Impressionist Landscape: Lessons in Interpreting Light and Color
by Lois Griffel Hardcover: 144 pages; Watson-Guptill (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.
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting
by John F. Carlson Paperback: 144 pages; Dover Publications; New edition (Jun 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.
Painting the Visual Impression
by Richard Whitney – Paperback: 106 pages; 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.
Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture With Every Stroke
by Mark Christopher Weber Hardcover: 143 pages; 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 Hardcover: 144 pages; International Artist Publishing (Mar 2001)
Harley Brown offers artists his "truths" for painting successthe 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.
The 5 Essentials in Every Powerful Painting
by Ramon Kelley Hardcover: 128 pages; International Artist Publishing (Sep 2001)
Over five main chapters, Ramon demonstrates in oil and pastel the 5 essential concepts that, when used effectively, result in powerful, unique paintings.
Capturing Light in Oils
by Paul Strisik Hardcover: 135 pages; North Light Books, 1995The 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 Complete Oil Painter: The Essential Reference for Beginners to Professionals
by Brian Gorst – Paperback: 128 pages; Watson-Guptill; (Jan 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 Publications (Feb 1988) 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.
Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy
by Robert Hagan Paperback: 96 pages; International Artist Publishing; New edition (Nov 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.
Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light & Color
by Kevin D. MacPherson Paperback: 144 pages; North Light Books (Mar 2000) 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.
Oil Painting Step-by-Step
by Noel Gregory, James Horton, Michael Sanders, Roy Lang – Paperback: 160 pages; Search Press (Nov 2, 2011) Best Seller
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.
A Manual of Oil Painting
by John Collier Paperback: 124 pages; Lulu.com (Aug 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, NYC Ira Goldberg – Director of the Art Students League (Introduction), Sherrie McGraw / Gregg Kreutz (Foreword) Hardcover: 145 pages; Bright Light Publishing; 3rd edition (Sep 30, 2008)
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.
All About Techniques in Oil
(All About Techniques) by Parramon's Editorial Team (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages; Barrons Educational Series (Oct 1997)