Painting Class

Painting Class


Book - 2008
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Nearly all the greatest modern painters have favored oils for their rich hues and expressive texture, but you don't have to be Van Gogh or Monet to make oils work for you. This step-by-step, gorgeously illustrated entry into the popular Painting Class series introduces all the materials, techniques, and styles needed to become comfortable with this versatile medium. Find out about the properties and ingredients of oil paint, as well as how to mix your own and work with solvents and dryers. Instructions tell when and how to use brushes and spatulas to shape the pa∫ how to create realistic fleshtones; and how to "model" oils without blending brushstrokes. You'll also learn the characteristics of warm, cool, and neutral colors, and how to approach figure drawing, still lifes, and landscapes.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub., 2008
ISBN: 9781402749131
Branch Call Number: 751.45 SAN
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Brunelle, Michael


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Mar 15, 2016

Finally figured out the problem with this book. The tutorials require the paint to be thinned so they flow, says the book. This is for water and acrylic paint! The example paintings are characteristic of water colors and acrylics. This book was supposed to guide you to use oil paint. How do you learn that when the paint is thinned to a flowing consistency? The paintings don't look like two oil colors are next to each other. They touch so very well, but have no ridge. That's how acrylics behave.

Use the examples with the thicker oil paint and see how it goes. Better still, get a poster of Kandinsky's study "Squares with Concentric Circles" and play with adjacent oil colors.

Aug 2, 2018: Used the book as instructed. Verified that the results are similar to those of water colors, although not as smooth in appearance. Confirmed this is not the book to use for oils.

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