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The complete oil painter : the essential reference source for beginning to professional artists
Gorst, Brian.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill, [2003]

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128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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"A Quarto book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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ND1500 .G615 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Oils are perhaps the most versatile of all paint mediums. Yet for many artists oil painting is either shrouded in mystique or considered very difficult. Filled with clear, step-by-step instructions and surefire strategies, The Complete Oil Painter is an essential, one-stop guide to becoming an expert in every aspect of this medium. Artists will discover everything they need to know about materials (pigments, supports, canvases); tools and equipment (palettes, brushes); paint application (wet-into-wet, alla-prima, glazing, impasto); form and color (light and dark, expression, color mixing); exploring themes (still life, portraiture, figure painting); and much more.

Author Notes

Brian Gorst studied at the Cheltenham School of Art in the UK and at the New York Academy of Art in New York City. He has published many articles on painting and painting techniques. He lives in Gloucestershire, England.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Materials and Equipmentp. 10
Oil paintsp. 12
Pigmentsp. 14
Mediumsp. 16
Supportsp. 18
Groundsp. 20
Brushesp. 22
Palettesp. 24
Chapter 2 Approaches to form and Colorp. 26
Illusionistic formp. 28
Form through line and colorp. 30
The elements of colorp. 34
The color wheelp. 36
Color mixingp. 38
Color palettesp. 40
Expressionp. 42
Elements of designp. 44
Design in practicep. 46
Chapter 3 Techniques of Paintingp. 48
Methods of applicationp. 50
Colored groundsp. 52
Underpaintingp. 53
Fat over leanp. 54
Removing wet paintp. 55
Alla primap. 56
Wet into wetp. 60
Broken colorp. 64
Glazingp. 68
Pointillismp. 70
Impastop. 72
Mixed mediap. 74
Overcoming common difficultiesp. 76
Chapter 4 Exploring Themesp. 78
Still lifep. 80
Flowersp. 82
Landscapep. 84
Townscapesp. 88
Portraiturep. 90
Figure paintingp. 94
Abstractionp. 98
Working from the imaginationp. 102
Chapter 5 Studio Practicep. 104
The studio spacep. 106
Studio equipmentp. 110
Stretcher barsp. 112
Stretching a canvasp. 113
Sizing a canvasp. 114
Preparing boards and panelsp. 115
Primingp. 116
Applying a colored groundp. 117
Varnishingp. 118
Framing and presentationp. 120
Suggested daily checklistp. 122
Health and safetyp. 123
Glossaryp. 124
The past mastersp. 126
Indexp. 126
Creditsp. 128