Beginning painters can succeed on their very first attempt by following a new approach to painting that's distilled into ten easy sequences. The process starts with tips on choosing a workable subject, then moves into a series of skill practices on a separate sketchpad. Once the painter feels comfortable with the techniques, it's time to transfer them onto the painting, with fully illustrated instructions of each step, and finished paintings that highlight each skill practice. Next come the secrets of color mixing and the use of pencils and brushes, as well as advice on establishing tonal areas, layer buildup, object edges, colors, highlights, light and shadow, and background. The final sequence: applying the finishing touches that make the painting look professional.
Patricia Seligman is a freelance lecturer, journalist, editor and also author of many books on painting, including Step by Step Art School: Oils, also published by Hamlyn. She works as a part-time curator of the Lennox-Boyd Collection of eighteenth century mezzotints.