DescriptionNobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That’s what you’ll find in Oil Painting For Dummies.
Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You’ll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions. You’ll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and how to keep costs down at the art supply store. Discover how to:
- Choose the right supplies
- Set up your studio and care for your equipment
- Handle your materials safely
- Develop your design and composition skills
- Make practice sketches and studies
- Use broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokes
- Try out different compositions
- Mix any color you want
- Simplify tricky still-life subjects
- Paint landscapes and common objects out doors
- Paint portraits and the human form
Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, Oil Painting For Dummies is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!
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.