The New Oil Painting: Your Essential Guide to Materials and Safe Practices

The New Oil Painting: Your Essential Guide to Materials and Safe Practices

by Kimberly Brooks


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Oil painting is a timeless yet endlessly adventurous medium, but many painters feel daunted by the overwhelming variety of materials or the thought of using dangerous solvents. All of that changes now. The New Oil Paintings walks you step-by-step through oil painting fundamentals-the nature and history of pigments, which materials you actually need, how to set up your painting space-and most revolutionary of all, how to eliminate harmful solvents from your work and replace them with safer, more environmentally friendly substitutes. Whether you're a true beginner or have been painting with oils for years, you will find that this book has everything you need to build a thriving, new, safe practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452184791
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 64,725
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. The New Oil Painting is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Understanding Your Materials

Your Space 14

Paint 18

Mediums 58

Solvents 84

Brushes 96

Palettes 104

Surfaces 108

Digital Technology 126

Non-Art Store Supplies 130

Best Practices

Setting the Table 142

Tone Your Canvas First 146

Color Mixing Golden Rules 150

Light over Dark, Fat over Lean 156

Think in Three Dimensions 160

Studies & Maquettes 164

Cleaning Brushes 168

Storing Your Work 176

Framing & Painting the Sides 180

Documentation 184

Varnishing 188

Safety 194

Art Is Love 198

Glossary 200

Resources 205

Bibliography 206

Acknowledgments 209

About the Artist 211

Index 212

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