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Nobody ever said that oil painting was easy. But it gets much easier and a lot more fun when you follow a step-by-step approach that starts you off on the right foot, helps you build your skills one at a time, and gives you plenty of exercises to develop your craft. That's what you'll find in "Oil Painting For Dummies". Completely free of arty jargon, this full-color guide has all the hands-on instruction you need to master the basics. You'll see how to plan a painting, build an image in layers, mix colors, and create stunning compositions. You'll also find everything you need to know about oil paints, solvents, and pigments; brushes, palettes, and painting surfaces; and, how to keep costs down at the art supply store.In this work, discover how to: choose the right supplies; set up your studio and care for your equipment; handle your materials safely; develop your design and composition skills; make practice sketches and studies; use broken stroke, dry brush, glazing, scraffito and other brush strokes; try out different compositions; mix any color you want; simplify tricky still-life subjects; paint landscapes and common objects out doors; and, paint portraits and the human form. Complete with handy color chart, basic materials list, and a very useful viewing square, "Oil Painting For Dummies" is the fun and easy way to discover your inner artist!
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Introduction. Part I: Getting Your Feet Wet in Oil Paint. Chapter 1: So You Want to Paint. Chapter 2: Getting to Know Your Oils. Chapter 3: Assembling Your Materials. Chapter 4: Preparing to Paint. Chapter 5: Walking Through the Painting Process. Part II: Break Out the Brushes and Start Painting! Chapter 6: A Study in Black and White. Chapter 7: Mixing Color and Three Oil Studies. Chapter 8: Putting Paint to Canvas: Brushstrokes and Glazing Techniques. Part III: People, Places, and Things. Chapter 9: Tricky Still Life Subjects Made Easy. Chapter 10: Take It Outside: Landscapes. Chapter 11: Basic Portrait Painting 101. Chapter 12: Beyond Portraiture: More on Painting People. Part IV: Color and Design. Chapter 13: Planning Your Painting. Chapter 14: Shape, Space, and the Surface of Your Painting. Chapter 15: How the Parts of a Composition Work Together. Chapter 16: Communicating Ideas Visually. Chapter 17: Using Color with Confidence. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Strategies to Immediately Improve Your Painting. Chapter 19: Ten Artists You Should Know: The Painter?s Painters. Index.

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Anita Giddings and Sherry Stone Clifton are award-winning artist-educators who have made careers out of teaching beginning artists of all aspirations.

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