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The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Directory of all the Key Oil-Paitning Techniques: A Unique Step-by-step ... of All the Key Oil Painting Techniques Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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About the Author
Jeremy Galton is a successful artist who works in oil, gouache and acrylic. He divides his time between teaching and painting, has written several art instruction books and has contributed to a number of magazines. In addition to exhibiting his work regularly, he undertakes commissions and has won numerous awards. His paintings feature in a large number of private collections in the UK and abroad.
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Contains practical advice on canvases, boards and painting mediums Encourages the artist to explore new techniques A gallery of paintings by well-known artists show different approaches to subjects
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The rest oft the book is full of pictures of paintings, some of them are the worst that I have ever seen in print.
The terrible art is from the following artists, Jeremy Galton, Glenn Scouller, Olwen Tarrant (the worst)Arthur Maderson and Susan Wilson.
There are some good paintings but they don't justify the price of this book. Don't judge this book by it's cover, the cover promises much more than the contents deliver.
Take the page on mediums, for example; the author mentions binders, mediums (one paragraph), diluents and varnishes but provides very little information on the nature of each. He even states that "...if the basic linseed oil-turpentine mixtures do not suit your needs, the only course is to experiment with other mediums... all manufacturers provide information on their products..." so basically forego this book in favour of manufacturer's leaflets! Hardly encyclopedic. I would have liked a summary of these other mediums; as an example, clove oil gets no mention, and what's the difference between linseed and poppy oil? If anyone has encountered the minefield of trying to decide what canvas to buy, this book provided no help at all. Canvas or linen, optimum weight, texture... none of those are really addressed, only advising trial and error.
It's a cursory romp through the bare bones of oil painting, possibly useful for the absolute beginner, but won't satisfy anyone looking for in-depth knowledge. As the author suggests, go to the manufacturer's leaflets. Even a monkey can apply paint to a canvas and do you really need to know the name of the technique? It might open your eyes to other ways to apply the paint but so would experimentation, for which no book is required.
You may notice that not only are the books the same I haven't wasted time writing a new review - they are both virtually the same. If the publishers can get away with it, why not me!!