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I read through the book to get a feel for the process of oil painting and I was not disappointed. As a beginner I am now reading it again but will do the lessons as I go along, so it may take some time to finish it. I like it.
I have purchased a number of self help art manuals and DVD's , this is by far the best I've had. It very clearly states both the theory and practice of painting in oils and follows a logical step by step process- I've learnt more from this book than all the others combined !
Very helpful with detailed guidelines for the amateur like myself, yet allowing scope for personal development. Already my portraiture has improved, this book is my constant reference, thankyou to Kathleen Staiger for the effort in producing this invaluable publication!
Bought for my Dad who wants to paint an oil painting for his house and has no experience or knowledge on how to. It's safe to say he's been reading and enjoying this as he begins his venture, hopefully he doesn't feel too daunted at the prospect. I briefly flicked through the book and it was very precise and easy to read with great pictures and examples.
Kathleen Lochen Staiger is a great teacher. She gives you all the information and practical advice you need, and the book is clearly written and beautifully illustrated. (It helped to read through the lesson before starting.) There are lots of preparatory lessons and colour mixing exercises, so I was quite excited when it was time to paint a still life. I never thought I'd be excited about painting a still life! At first I felt resentful of 'copying' a landscape and it felt silly 'copying' a portrait, but I thought, 'I'm a student, so just go with it'. I'm so glad I did because it was good! Kathleen teaches you so much, step by step, I feel now I could do my own paintings and feel confident about it. Thank you Kathleen!
It’s good to have clear instructions step by step. More pictures of the painting in progress would be better still. Excellent early chapter on how to use different brushes, what the linseed oils etc are for.