Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present

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The only book that lets artists explore the highest levels of realistic oil painting.

As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically—in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces? What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today? ...

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Overview

The only book that lets artists explore the highest levels of realistic oil painting.

As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically—in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces? What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today? Traditional Oil Painting answers those questions and many more. This comprehensive sourcebook explores the most advanced levels of oil painting, with full information on the latest scientific discoveries. Author and distinguished artist Virgil Elliott examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality, and color. Traditional Oil Painting helps artists master the secrets of realistic painting to create work that will rival that of the masters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823030668
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 327,119
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Virgil Elliott is a world-respected painter and writer. He is included in the Art Renewal Center’s Gallery of Living Masters and one of only twenty-four artists worldwide with certification from the American Portrait Society. A Signature Member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and the Society of Western Artists, and the chairman of the ASTM International Task Group on Artists’ Pastels, he lives in Pennegrove, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    Very good guide to different techniques

    This book contains excellent information on an astonishingly wide variety of techniques.
    I have had it only a couple of months and already am consulting it regularly. Which
    leads to its major fault. Finding specific things again is difficult and the index is no
    help. I have had to mark all of the pages to which I wish to refer.

    The charts of the characteristics of various paints are especially helpful, as are the old
    master reproductions used as examples. Mr. Elliott can paint well himself, which gives
    weight to his instruction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Intelligently written, well researched, logically constructed. I liked this book for the practical procedures and techniques presented therein, for the intresting passages about the history behind the techniques, and for the thought provoking, philosophical suggestions concerning the necessity for quality in creating paintings and in art in general. I have confidence in the information presented in this book. If one wants to learn how to create masterful paintings which will last hundreds of years, I suggest that this book is a good place to start. Mr. Elliott has also included a bibliography, many of the selections of which can be obtained through Barnes and Noble.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    This is a wonderful, incredibly helpful book.

    I have been taking portrait painting lessons from various teachers who have taught various methods. This book covers them all and then some
    plus is extremely easy to read. I use it all the time.

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