To grasp oil paints’ unlimited potential, go to the professionals who understand its intricacies. This guide presents a variety of artists who explain their techniques for creating compelling images. Look through a gallery of oil paintings and exult in their richness of color. Observe traditional and new approaches to form, surface, and mood. Large reproductions accompany details, sketches, and color analyses, and there’s illustrated technical information for different levels of expertise.
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Theodora Philcox is a full time lecturer in Art History and writes regularly for a number of magazines and journals, including Leisure Painter, The Artist Magazine and The Art Book.From Booklist:
Philcox begins with a discussion of color and its uses, noting that painters used oils for trompe l'oeil accuracy then changed in the late nineteenth century to the more contemporary impressionist uses of broad dabs of paint that fuse in the viewer's eye. Analyses of representative works concentrate on the "seeing, thinking, and acting" steps of painting development, then move into a consideration of formal construction, such as the classic "pyramid" composition. Surface, an exploration of which follows, has also undergone change as seventh-century attempts to minimize the appearance of brushwork gave way to more textured, painterly styles, some using a palette knife. Philcox moves on to mood--how to achieve reflective quiet or to exude energy--via increasingly sophisticated analyses that emphasize the influence of classic masters while keeping focused on the essentials. With an artists' glossary, this generously illustrated, beautifully designed, full-color resource will likely see great demand from painters at all skill levels. Whitney Scott
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