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Oil Painting For The Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting (Art for the Absolute Beginner) by [Willenbrink, Mark]
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About the Author

The Willenbrinks are authors of Drawing for the Absolute Beginner and Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner. Mark is a fine artist, commercial artist and freelance illustrator. He teaches and is a contributor to Watercolour Artist. www.shadowblaze.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 21332 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (4 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4AKI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like many people I 'dabble' in art. Which is to say I do art when time and inclination permits. I always wanted to try oils though and this is an excellent introduction that explains everything you need to know, Unlike many art books it isn't focussed on a self indulgent showcase for the authors work, but instead shows all the skills and techniques to start working with oils as well as a broader background to art in general.

I own a few art books, but without doubt this is one of the best books I have purchased. It is clear, concise and takes the reader through everything they need to know to start working with oils. It is well written, has many illustrations, tips and guidance and is a great choice for those wanting to explore painting with oils. Recommended..
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To a lot of people, art has always been something that completely escapes them, not that they don't have an interest but the question of where to begin feels to big a piece for them to tackle. Looking at it in the perspective of a mountain that has to be moved rather than looking for the first rock and going from there.

What Mark and Mary do in this title is break it all down into manageable chunks so that the reader has a chance to get started and begin to get their own footing into the world of oil painting. This title covers everything from gathering your materials (which includes help setting you up with paints alongside brushes and easel etc.) through to some basic art principles so that you can break your subject down and make a start. Add practical techniques and then step by step guides to some paintings and you can see how it all begins to work and gather a useful set of skills to begin learning on your own. Finally add a comprehensive DVD to help and its pretty much an ideal tutor.

All in, I found this a great book, it was informative, the subject matter was easily broken down and comprehensive to understand and I've gained a few new skills (alongside some paint stains on clothing) to begin my own exploration. It's a great way to get started and if I'm honest will open the way so that many people can start to create their own artwork which will make ideal presents for friends and family.
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I am very impressed with this book - very approachable and interesting. I only got it yesterday and it already helped me to paint a couple of landscapes. I am a complete beginner and was very impressed by how easy it can be to paint.
Highly recommended!
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What a quaint book. Neither useful nor useless. Something to be borrowed, not bought.

Useful parts:

-Explanation of all the bits and bobs you may need (that is, the set-up, but I'm sure you don't need everything suggested, one can get away with starting in oil painting DIY style).

-Explanation of techniques used, basic colours and mixing.

-Explanation of the basic techniques of drawing realistically. Not an abstract book then.

(Utterly) Useless parts: (accounts for half the book)

- An almost paint 'by numbers' style of painting. There's nearly two dozen pictures that practice specific techniques, in isolation. Fine, you've an idea how the medium is layered, but you've no idea what the artist is trying to achieve, whether or how it relates to the original idea/image/scene.

- He prefers water-mixable oil. Fine, it's only a preference.

For budding artists who need a skimpy overview, but don't even bother with the exercises. It's almost child play. You're not encouraged to think, that is, use your brain.
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A very useful book. It is easy to read and very helpful, nicely laid out and very attractive to use. Good value for money.
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What a great guide , I found lots of really useful information, which was just what I was looking for to start out in oils .
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It's not bad and helpful to a point. I would have liked more about painting technique and less about drawing
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