OIL PAINTING BOOKS
Recently I read a post on Katherine Tyrells’s blog ‘Making a Mark’ asking readers ‘Which are the best books about oil painting?’ I was interested in the responses so I went and rummaged through my bookshelves to see what I had found useful.
Helen Douglas Cooper pub Batsford 1995
I think it would be useful for a complete beginner and for artists experienced in other media, the mystery of fat over lean is explained and how to transport a wet canvas.
However Helen has produced several books since then including 100 Keys to Oil Painting so it may have been included in one of these.
This book is out of print but available second hand online.
Mmmm and I am inspired by watching Ken Howard painting. This is one of my favourite books to return to again and again. I would suggest seeing the DVDs first.
Inspired by Light, Painting in Oils
A Vision of
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJKG4siWPac trailer for Variations on a Theme
Oils Masterclass Learning from professional artists at work. Sally Bulgin Pub Harper Collins
I like the aim of this book which is to give insights into the range of different ways of painting in oils and inspiration for developing ones own visual language. It is not a ‘How to’ book in the sense of following a prescribed ‘step by step’ approach. Ken Howard works in oils and watercolours and in his masterclass the merging of techniques from both is discussed in the way he portrays light in oils.
Oils by Trevor Chamberlain ( Ron Ranson’s
I have been painting with watercolours for around 25 years as well as acrylics and I paint on silk. In more recent years I have been to several inspiring and useful demonstrations and workshops in oil painting. William Davies past president of the Wapping Group inspired me at a local art group demonstration when he painted an exquisite little impressionist oil of a