Oil Painting for Dummies

Oil Painting for Dummies

by Anita Marie Giddings, Sherry Stone Clifton
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Oil Painting for Dummies by Anita Marie Giddings, Sherry Stone Clifton

Nobody 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470182307
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 287,377
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anita Giddings and Sherry Stone Clifton are award-winning artist-educators who have made careers out of teaching beginning artists of all aspirations.

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Oil Painting for Dummies 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excelent book for anyone who has an interest in oil painting! It can take a beginner like myself and easily develop your talent to professional. It is a book for anyone from beginner to the artist interested in refining their talent! My artistically talented friends say this book is a must have for your art library!
PaintingKid More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to painting. I am a professional illustrator, and read this book in an effort to improve my knowledge of oil painting techniques. I did find a few very good pieces of information. Mostly, it helped to clarify the steps needed to create a finished painting. The step-by-step illustrations were very helpful as well.
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