Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner || Mark & Mary Willenbrink

The companion to the authors’ previous volume on watercolour, this lives admirably up to its title.

The book follows a logical progression that begins with an introduction to materials, goes on to basic techniques and follows with a chapter on “basic art principles” that explains such things as perspective, colour and composition in a way that doesn’t assume you somehow have prior knowledge. All this would be superficial for someone who has previous painting experience, so it’s fair to say that the book is aimed at the complete beginner rather than someone who’s just new to the medium.

The final section, “Let’s paint!”, features 16 step-by-step demonstrations that cover subjects as diverse as landscapes, still lifes, skies, animals and people. There is also a 98 minute DVD (in NTSC format) which provides a workshop in which the authors complete two paintings from start to finish.


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