Oil Painting Essentials by Gregg Kreutz
Age range: adult | Paperback: 160 pages | Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 24, 2016)
About Oil Painting Essentials
An essential guide to the oil painting techniques that will allow artists to master a variety of subjects, including figures, portraits, still life, landscapes, and interiors.
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.
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My Thoughts on Oil Painting Essentials
Oil Painting Essentials doesn’t waste any pages on discussing art supplies or color palettes. It dives right in to the thick of things. It starts off talking about things that are universal to all oil paintings, like selectivity, depth, and light and shadow. The rest of the book is broken down by genre (figure, portrait, still life, etc), and the author teaches how his “oil painting essentials” fit into each one.
While the book didn’t give me any big “ah-ha!” moments, the author had a lot of valuable insight to give. I appreciated his approach to the portrait. He believes that a likeness to your model is not the only point of the painting, but something that will happen naturally if you manage the rest of the painting correctly. I also enjoyed seeing his sequence for painting. I’ve only tried painting his way a couple of times and it was disastrous each time. however, I can see the value in starting with an abstract block-in instead of a stiff drawing or outline.
His paintings remind me of the old masters’ artwork. It’s dark and dramatic and almost looks like it was painted three hundred years ago instead of last week. They’re beautiful. I’ve always loved seeing how each artist has their own unique style and flair for making their artwork distinct.
Overall: A good book with good advice for the intermediate oil painter.
Content: A section on painting the nude figure
Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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