Part I: Getting Your Feet Wet in Oil Paint.
Chapter 1: So You Want to Paint.
Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Oils.
Chapter 3: Assembling Your Materials.
Chapter 4: Preparing to Paint.
Chapter 5: Walking Through the Painting Process.
Part II: Break Out the Brushes and Start Painting!
Chapter 6: A Study in Black and White.
Chapter 7: Mixing Color and Three Oil Studies.
Chapter 8: Putting Paint to Canvas: Brushstrokes and Glazing Techniques.
Part III: People, Places, and Things.
Chapter 9: Tricky Still Life Subjects Made Easy.
Chapter 10: Take It Outside: Landscapes.
Chapter 11: Basic Portrait Painting 101.
Chapter 12: Beyond Portraiture: More on Painting People.
Part IV: Color and Design.
Chapter 13: Planning Your Painting.
Chapter 14: Shape, Space, and the Surface of Your Painting.
Chapter 15: How the Parts of a Composition Work Together.
Chapter 16: Communicating Ideas Visually.
Chapter 17: Using Color with Confidence.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Strategies to Immediately Improve Your Painting.
Chapter 19: Ten Artists You Should Know: The Painter’s Painters.