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Timeless Techniques for Better Oil Paintings
by Tom Browning
ISBN 0891345132 / 9780891345138 / 0-89134-513-2
Publisher North Light Books
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If you've ever struggled with identifying the problems in your oil paintings...and how to fix them....then this book by Tom Browning is for you. 134 pages in full color will teach how to put a painting together the right way....right from the start...starting with the essential elements needed to paint successful pictures: Composition, Value, Color, Temperature, Edge Quality, Drawing. After a brief review of materials and techniques, you'll go through each of these elements one at a time, learning how to make correct choices before beginning to paint. You'll learn to: 1. Control the way the viewer's eye scans your composition. 2. Attract and retain the viewer's attention with a center of interest. 3. Create a sense of depth. 4. Select or set up subject matter, with an emphasis on the still life. 5. Use light to create form. 6. Simplify values for stronger paintings. 7. Paint edges that attract the eye and create depth. 8. Use color to create mood and enhance realism. 9.Draw with a brush and simplify your brushwork. All of these techniques are illustrated throughout the book with Browning's work, often showing a "before" painting, followed by how he corrected something using the elements he discussed. No matter what your current skill level, you'll find valuable advice and inspiration in the pages of this book, advice that will immediately improve your oil paintings. [via]