The Beginner’s Guide to Oil Painting: Simple Still Life Projects to Help You Master the Basics (Paperback)
The Easy Way to Get Started with Oil Painting
Craig Stephens has a simple motto for painting: With a brush, some paints and a willingness to learn, anyone can do it. With that mindset, Craig takes his most essential lessons, boils them down to their basics and teaches you everything you need to know to start oil painting, without any fuss or highbrow. Thanks to his experience teaching painting to high school students for over two decades, Craig is an expert at helping those with no experience pick up a brush and make beautiful art they are proud of. With his direction, you’ll create dynamic, vivid paintings and learn to capture your world in ways you never thought possible.
Each project in this book is designed to highlight the important elements of using oil paints, helping you to practice new skills and get comfortable with the medium. And thanks to Craig’s helpful step-by-step directions that pair a picture with each stroke, you’ll get great results. Hone your color-mixing eye as you blend the vibrant greens and subtle yellows in the Freshly Cut Avocado piece. Practice painting unique textures, like the small craters in the Simplified Strawberry or the glossy skin on the Smooth and Shiny Plum. Learn all the ways to capture natural light, like transparency in a glass of Refreshing Lemon Water or dazzling reflections on a Chrome Coffee Creamer. Oil painting is a timeless art form, and with Craig as your teacher, you’ll create 22 beautiful pieces for your walls and learn all the foundational skills you need to enjoy this hobby for years to come.
“The Beginner’s Guide to Oil Painting is perfect for anyone who wants to learn oil painting but doesn’t know where to begin. Craig taps into his decades of teaching experience and articulates with clarity how successful paintings are created.“ —Terry Miura, professional artist and illustrator
“This easy-to-follow book walks you through the perfect place to begin with oil painting: the simple still life. Through step-by-step instruction, you’ll learn to create beautiful and harmonious paintings.“ —Todd M. Casey, author of The Art of Still Life
“This book teaches you everything you need to know about capturing color and light with oil paints.“ —James Gurney, author of Color and Light