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Old 04-14-2012, 11:34 PM
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Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

Hi all,

Just trying to find some reading for the next couple of weeks. Perhaps someone could either suggest a book, or a thread that discusses it. No doubt there is one, i just can't find it.

I'm looking for a book on oil-painting that specifically devotes much of it to the more old fashioned techniques and styles. Specifically glazing, underpainting, ect. And if possible the best tools and techniques to use in this style and perhaps some info on the mixing of transparent paints. ... WC is great! but i really want a "pick up and browse/learn while watching TV book"

I have a few, and they are all more "modern" impasto, mixed media, and impressionistic. I even have some portrait books (even though i don't do them much yet.) or They have a 10 pages section on glazing, which while nice i can read it in 5 mins.

I'm sure there is something out there that might be of interest. I don't often go out to the 'big' shops to browse through them so i normally order off good ole ebay. Unfortunately i then need an idea of what to get.


anyway, some suggestion would be nice if anyone has any. If not... no probs, i'll wait.

I'm off to work now, be back in 10 hours or so. *sigh* why do i have to go.

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Old 04-14-2012, 11:38 PM
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

What I'd suggest you do (and what I have done) is find a university library nearby and see if you can get a library card there. Some of them don't discard their old books as fast as public libraries do, and you might find some gems.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:41 PM
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

Hi :-)

Yup, we are 2 mins from our uni but they do medicine/science no arty stuff. its a long trek for me to get to a big campus library . Otherwise i would have done that already :-)

I'm just a ebay lover (i work odd hours and it can be tricky for me to get in when i'm stuck on Night duty...)

thanks for your reply, and now i HAVE to go to work...

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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

I bought and love this book:

http://www.tattooeducation.com/Tatto.../item3013.html

It isn't a 'tattoo' book, it's an oil painting book by a guy who tattoos as well as puts out incredible oil paintings. A lot of realism, not much on underpainting, some glazing, etc.

I don't follow his procedures exactly, but there's a wealth of knowledge in this book and the guy really has skills.

No impasto, impressionism, abstract stuff either.

It ain't cheap, but it's worth it, IMHO.
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

It's not my style or interest, but I did get some good hits on the US Amazon site searching books for "painting the way of the masters"

A couple of Watson-Guptill "Atelier" series... the one on portraits was panned pretty badly in reviews, however.

Once into one of the appropriate books -- that is, something that actually treats of the subject searched -- the books found under "customers who bought this also bought..." point you to all sorts of 'how to paint in classical techniques' tomes.

EDIT: Here's another tack -- search on "oil painting" at Google Books. On the left nav bar, click on "Free Google ebooks" and "19th Century." Note that anything published before 1860 will focus on academic and classical painting techniques, which did not change much for a couple of centuries.

Many later books will also focus on those techniques as well, since schools and ateliers were slow to adopt Impressionism or other then-ultra-modern approaches.
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

My local little country library can do inter-library loans. I bet you could get all kinds of books that way. I get books from uni libraries from other states, even, to browse before I decide to buy or not.
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

Here are some that may be more classical in nature:

Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice by Juliette Aristides

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary by Suzanne Brooker

Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present by Virgil Elliott

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Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present by Virgil Elliott
I second this one. Overall it's a good book.
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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

Thanks for the suggestions,

I'll ebay a couple of them tonight.

Sorry for the late reply, i've been busy painting :-)

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Re: Oil Painting Reference Book suggestion

I'd recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/Oil-Painting-S...4748000&sr=8-1
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Sorry for the late reply, i've been busy painting :-)
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