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The New Oil Painting: Your Essential Guide to Materials and Safe Practices Paperback – 18 August 2021

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"A one-stop resource for both experienced and novice artists who want to paint in oils without exposing themselves and the environment to harsh solvents." -Artists Magazine

"This is no ordinary how-to-paint book. Instead, artist Brooks assumes readers have mastered the rudiments of the art and focuses on the composition of materials required for painting, such as solvents like turpentine (which, in her opinion, are to be avoided) as well as everything else comprising the paint environment." --
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"I learned to think about paintings three-dimensionally...among many other things. I now know things about linseed oil its own mother doesn't know." --
Cintra Wilson, culture critic for The New York Review of Books

"Insightful, straightforward.... I have been painting for a long time, yet I learned many things from this book. It would be a great addition to any studio--keep it near your painting table." --
Enrique Martinez Celaya, artist

"It's strange, since so many thousands of people enjoy (and are obsessed by) painting, that there is such a lack of good guidebooks. There are some amazing doorstops that are nearly impossible to use, and there are dozens of colorful how-to manuals that offer limited information. Kimberly Brooks's
The New Oil Painting is unique in the field: it's comprehensive, up to date, and friendly--exactly what painters need to have by their side." --James Elkins, Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of What Painting Is

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Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Los Angeles. The New Oil Painting is her first book.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books (18 August 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1452184798
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1452184791
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.83 x 2.16 x 17.78 cm
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Kimberly Brooks, (b. New York, NY) is a contemporary American artist and author. Brooks whose work integrates landscape, figuration and abstraction to address subjects of history, memory and identity. Her work has been exhibited and featured internationality. Books featuring her work exclusively include Brazen: A Painting and Poetry Collection and Fever Dreams. Brooks is also the author of The New Oil Painting (Chronicle Books). An award-winning educator, Brooks conducts workshops, speaks about her work, painting and creativity at art schools and online. www.kimberlybrooks.com

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It's like an art education packed into one little slim volume! I've been painting, with both acrylics and oils, for over 25 years, yet I learned so much. I had abandoned oils because I was tired of living with the smell of turpentine. But it's disappointing to go back to acrylic paint after the richness and nuance of oils! The plastic-like quality of acrylic paint and its super-fast drying time means you don't have time to work--it's already drying before you've even had a chance to think about what you're doing. And it looks more garish and amateurish, to me. I just love oil paint, and this book made it possible for me to embrace it again. Plus, you learn so much about how to set up your workspace, what traits different pigments have and why (I always knew some colors were thinner and some were more opaque than others, but I didn't know why!), what kind of palette to get and how to mix colors on it, and more. The chapters are short and sweet and the illustrations are charming and helpful. The author is a great guide to both beginners and experienced painters. Cannot recommend this book enough. Get it and start painting with OILS!
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