Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting

Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting

by Mark Willenbrink, Willenbrink Mary


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The quick-start guide to great results!

Oil painting doesn't have to be rocket science, although some books on the subject make it seem that way. Filled with encouraging, easy-to-follow instruction, Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner is a no-fear, no-experience-required guide to enjoyable painting and happy results. Focusing on the needs of the first-time painter, this book covers everything from selecting brushes and setting up your palette to key principles of color and composition, presented in a way that moves you confidently from first strokes to finished paintings.

  • Mini demonstrations break down fundamental painting techniques in a clear, common sense way
  • 12 step-by-step painting projects progress from simple landscapes, still life and flower paintings to more challenging subjects, such as animals, seascapes and portraits
  • The bonus DVD-workshop features the author creating two paintings from start to finish

You'll learn tricks for keeping the greens in your landscapes looking fresh, advantages to working with water-soluble oil paints, simple tips for dynamic compositions and other expert advice to make your introduction to oil painting the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600617843
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Series: Art for the Absolute Beginner
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,199,414
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mark and Mary Willenbrink are also authors of the best-selling Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Mark is a fine artist, commercial artist and freelance illustrator. He teaches and is a contributor to Watercolor Artist.

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Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never painted anything but the walls in my house. This book explained everything-what supplies to use, techniques, etc. It gives step-by-step instructions on completing several different paintings, which allowed me to complete my first "masterpiece" successfully! I am also taking a "beginner" oil painting class and I feel that I've been much more successful using the book than I have in my class.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book hoping it would help me start out in oil painting. I bought all the junk the author said I should which costs a small fortune. One or two of the examples were fine but the rest never did turn out like they were suppose to. The author is vague on alot steps and so it leaves you kind of lost as to how he got something to look a certain way or how he did something so it would come out looking right. The DVD that comes with it is enough to put anybody in a coma and really doesn't help all that much as far as helping someone paint. Save your money and alot of wasted time by looking at some other books, this one just isn't worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago