Oil Painting Step-by-Step

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Oil Painting Step-by-Step by Noel Gregory, James Horton, Roy Lang and Michael Sanders is a practical and comprehensive guide for all oil painting enthusiasts.

Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced artist, this title includes plenty of guidance on getting the most out of oil painting. Advice is provided on materials, painting from photographs, colour and composition. The book inrtoduces basic techniques and works from there to include more advanced instruction of wet on wet, wet on dry, scumbling, dry brush, sgraffito, impasto and glazing. If you wish to avoid the use of harsh chemicals or solvents there is a section dedicated specifically to water mixable oils. There is a section on instand oil painting - in an intuitive, spontaneous way - for artists who wish to see quick results. Easy to follow step-by-step demonstrations show the reader how to paint landscapes, sea and sky, still life and flowers, and each section is accompanied by a selection of inspirational paintings by the four featured artists, in a rich variety of styles.

160 Page Paperback, 204 x 260 mm

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About Noel Gregory

Noel Gregory began his career studying at High Wycombe College of Art and Bournemouth Teacher Training College, and for twenty-five years he owned an art gallery in Buckinghamshire, UK dealing with Victorian pictures and ultimately his own work. Specialising in oil painting, Noel became a successful and highly respected artist in his own right, working from his studio in Spain where he lived, and selling his work internationally. Noel wrote many books, published by Search Press, introducing artists of all abilities to the joys of oil painting. He sadly died in late 2017, but his wonderful sense of humour and joie de vivre will remain long in the memories of all who knew him.

About James Horton

James Horton is an experienced artist with a particular love of working from life. He has written numerous practical art books, including Learn to Draw the Figure, Pastel Techniques and Skin Tones. He teaches art in colleges around the UK, and has exhibited his work widely, including mixed exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and Royal Portrait Society. James works a great deal in India and since 2000 has been taking art groups to other locations including Tuscany, Venice, North Africa and Jordan. James lives in Cambridge, UK.

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  • Introduction
  • Materials
  • Painting with Oils
  • Landscapes in Oils
  • Elements of the Landscape
  • Sea & Sky in Oils
  • Flowers in Oils
  • Instant Oil Painting
  • Water Mixable Oils
  • Index
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As a beginner to oil painting this is an excellent book with lots of step-by-step tutorials on a range of subjects as well as general information for artists.

Leisure Painter, March 2020

Bringing together material previously published in the successful Leisure Arts series, Noel Gregory, James Horton, Roy Lang and Michael Sanders offer advice on how to paint with oils . Covering basic as well as more advanced techniques, there's information on painting wet on wet, wet on dry, scumbling, dry brush, sgraffito, impasto and glazing with helpful advice from each of the artists. Clear step-by-step demonstrations will show readers how to paint a picture from start to finish, covering such subjects as landscapes, seascapes, still life and flowers, and there's also section on water-mixable oils as well as instant oil painting for those wanting quick results.


I already paint watercolours, but have been thinking of having a go with oils, and this book is giving me the encouragement I needed. I like the varied subjects in the book and the explanations that accompany them. I will be getting some supplies in soon, ready to take the plunge!


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    I got it to use with oil crayons and oil paper but it is so encouraging and teaches so much right away that I switched to CoBrA water mixable oils and canvas board Alexis Moore (Coral Gables, USA) on 20 Sep 2020
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