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It can be hard to know what sort of art books to buy if you're a beginner. If you want to get a solid foundation for oil painting techniques and concepts this book does a great job. I went through it sequentially and felt the benefits.
I have purchased a number of self help art manuals and DVD's , this is by far the best I've had. It very clearly states both the theory and practice of painting in oils and follows a logical step by step process- I've learnt more from this book than all the others combined !
Very helpful with detailed guidelines for the amateur like myself, yet allowing scope for personal development. Already my portraiture has improved, this book is my constant reference, thankyou to Kathleen Staiger for the effort in producing this invaluable publication!
Kathleen Lochen Staiger is a great teacher. She gives you all the information and practical advice you need, and the book is clearly written and beautifully illustrated. (It helped to read through the lesson before starting.) There are lots of preparatory lessons and colour mixing exercises, so I was quite excited when it was time to paint a still life. I never thought I'd be excited about painting a still life! At first I felt resentful of 'copying' a landscape and it felt silly 'copying' a portrait, but I thought, 'I'm a student, so just go with it'. I'm so glad I did because it was good! Kathleen teaches you so much, step by step, I feel now I could do my own paintings and feel confident about it. Thank you Kathleen!
It’s good to have clear instructions step by step. More pictures of the painting in progress would be better still. Excellent early chapter on how to use different brushes, what the linseed oils etc are for.