Oil Painting Step-by-Step

Oil Painting Step-by-Step

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Praise for the previous edition:

"It's 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; it's full of wisdom and good advice." - Henry Malt, artbookreview.net

This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all oil painting enthusiasts, from the beginner to the experienced artist. Drawing on material previously published in the highly successful Leisure Arts series, four bestselling, professional artists provide advice on materials, painting from photographs, colour and composition. They describe basic and more advanced techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry, scumbling, dry brush, sgraffito, impasto and glazing. For those wanting to avoid the use of 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.

Previously published as 9781844486656.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 204 x 260 x 11mm | 584g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300 Illustrations, color
  • 1782217827
  • 9781782217824
  • 302,109

Table of contents



Painting with Oils

Landscapes in Oils

Elements of the Landscape

Sea & Sky in Oils

Flowers in Oils

Instant Oil Painting

Water Mixable Oils

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Review quote

Bringing together material previously published in the successful Leisure Arts series, Noel Gregory, James Horton, Roy Lang and Michael Sanders offer advice on how to paint with oils . Covering basic as well as more advanced techniques, there's information on painting wet on wet, wet on dry, scumbling, dry brush, sgraffito, impasto and glazing with helpful advice from each of the artists. Clear step-by-step demonstrations will show readers how to paint a picture from start to finish, covering such subjects as landscapes, seascapes, still life and flowers, and there's also section on water-mixable oils as well as instant oil painting for those wanting quick results. * Leisure Painter, March 2020 *
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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.

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.

Roy Lang writes 'I do not consider myself to be an artist; rather someone who has learnt to portray the sea's moods, colours and movements with paint on canvas.' Despite opting out of art at school at the age of thirteen, Roy started painting again in his late thirties while out of work. His understanding of the sea, mainly gleaned from angling in his youth, made up for his lack of any formal training in art. He now travels, giving demonstrations and workshops; and lives in the south-west of England.

Michael Sanders studied graphic art at Plymouth College of Art and Ceramics at Bristol University. He went on to become a graphic artist and signwriter, then a potter, tutor and professional artist. He taught and ran painting holidays in the UK and Europe and regularly wrote articles for art magazines. He loved boats and travelling, and enjoyed music, the theatre and teaching art. Michael died in 2014.
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