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Both amateur and professional artists agree: oils are the medium of choice, the most popular way to paint. And, the variety of high-quality colors available in tubes has made them simpler and more versatile than ever. Some people apply oil paint thickly, building it up on the canvas until the surface resembles a relief sculpture. Others use it in thin, transparent washes, almost like a watercolor. Plus, oils work equally well for rapid, spontaneous sketches or full-scale studio canvases. The important question is: What method is best for you? Find out what you can and cannot do with these paints and try a full complement of creative techniques from masking, mixed media, and monoprinting to scumbling and sgraffito. Make brushwork more expressive, add shadows, and break color. Breathtaking examples of finished paintings by well-known artists, analyzed in detail, guide you through a range of themes, including architecture, figures, landscape, skies, still lifes, and water.
Find out what you can do with oil paints. Make brushwork more expressive and add shadows. Try a full complement of creative techniques. Breathtaking examples of finished paintings, analyzed in detail, guide you through a range of themes, including architecture, figures, and landscapes.
Develop your skills by learning the many oil painting techniques that can be used to make your work outstanding. Applying one method alone is not enough to create an interesting piece--here you'll practice all of the key ones. Take the next step by looking at other artists' paintings that demonstrate these techniques. Along the way you'll improve using tips that will encourage your artistic growth. Make your brushwork more expressive, for example, and get the best out of a landscape, portrait, or still life. Painting involves skill as well as artistic vision--learn the basics you need to express yourself on canvas.