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Painting With Oils

by Michael Sanders

      Most people's first experiences with paint involve watercolors of some kind, but these unforgiving paints are not the best choice for a beginner. Much better to start with oils - one wipe and you can start again, and if you have some pieces of hardboard and primer you have some surfaces to paint on. If this sounds promising, this might be the book for you.

You could hear me clapping loudly as I read what you actually need to start this hobby in great (but briefly expressed) detail. The best choice of basic colors, basic set of brushes, and even what you don't need are all included here. There are some good staged exercises where you get to paint a variety of real subjects, plenty of mysterious terms explained and how to start from scratch in each case. This is a real beginner's primer and by the end I felt ready to uncap those paints and get cracking. I've got several books on this subject, but to date this is the only one I've seen that really deals with the basics. Highly recommended.

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The Book

Search Press
July 2005
How-To Books/Painting
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2005
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