Problem Solving For Oil Painters, Paperback Book


Finally - a book to help you solve all your painting problems!

Inside you'll learn how to study a painting and correct problematic areas.

Study topics include: Ideas- Is there a good abstract idea underlying the picture?- What details could be eliminated to strengthen the composition?- Does the painting have a focus?- Are the unessential parts subbordinated?- Does the painting -read-?- Could you finish any part of the painting?

Shapes- Are the dominant shapes as strong and simple as possible?- Are the shapes too similiar?

Value- Could the value range be increased?- Could the number of values be reduced?

Light- Is the subject effectively lit?- Is the light area big enough?- Would the light look stronger with a suggestion of burnout?- Do the lights have a continuous flow?- Is the light gradiated?

Shadows- Do the shadow shapes describe the form?- Are the shadows warm enough?

Depth- Would the addition of foreground material deepen the space?- Does the background recede far enough?- Are the halftones properly related to the background?

Solidity- Is the underlying form being communicated?- Is the symmetry in perspective?

Color- Is there a color strategy?- Could a purer color be used?- Do the whites have enough color in them?- Are the colors overbended on the canvas?- would the color look brighter if it were saturated into its adjacent area?

Paint- Is your palette efficiently organized?- Is the painting surface too absorbent?- Are you using the palette knife as much as you could?- Are you painting lines when you should be painting masses?- Are the edges dynamic enough?- Is there enough variation in the texture of the paint?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Oils
  • ISBN: 9780823040971



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