Landscapes in Oils (How to Paint) || David Crane

For what’s intended to be a basic introduction, this features some quite complex subjects with a lot of elements, colours and brushwork. The extensive step-by-step photographs that are a feature of this series do a good job of working through the many stages of building up such images, but beginners might find themselves put off by the amount of work involved and the number of things you have to do to achieve the finished result. I can’t help thinking that Search Press have other series where this author might have been put to better use.

However, if you’re already reasonably proficient with oil paints, then you might find that this offers something in that no man’s land between the introduction and the masterclass. It’s not that there isn’t some good stuff here, I’m just not sure who it’s aimed at.

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