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About Gregg Kreutz
In my latest book; Oil Painting Essentials, Mastering Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, Figure, and Interior, I try and reduce the complexities of oil painting to core issues that can be found in all genres. My hope is that by encouraging a multi-subject approach, the book will make the rewards of realistic painting accessable to all levels of painters.
I was born in Wisconsin, raised in Ohio, graduated from N.Y.U. and have lived in New York for the last forty years. I am a painter, writer, and instructor who teaches painting and drawing at The Art Student's League in New York City and at workshops around the country.
My earlier book; Problem Solving for Oil Painters came out in 1985 and has been going strong ever since.
I'm also a playwright with three plays published by Samuel French that are performed throughout the country and--occasionally--around the world (thanks New Zealand!).
Oil Painting Essentials, my most recent writing endeavor, is the culmination of forty years of probing the issue of what it means to be an oil painter--why it's important, how it can be made more accessable, and what it can teach us about life.
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Many painters limit themselves to one type of subject matter, but in Oil Painting Essentials, artist and art instructor Gregg Kreutz shows how a multi-genre approach can dramatically improve your painting skills. Arranged by category, each chapter covers both the essentials specific to that subject matter and those that apply to all genres.
Through step-by-step lessons and examples from his own oil paintings, Kreutz shows how you can strengthen your skillset for one genre by painting in another. This comprehensive exploration of the conceptual and practical issues behind oil painting provides all of the tools and encouragement you need to successfully take on any type of oil painting.