Beginning Oil's collection of step-by-step exercises and practice projects will have you painting lovely works like the classic masters in no time.Beginning Oil is a well-rounded introduction to the art of basic oil painting. This introductory guide to the medium describes and explains everything you'll needed to paint your own oil masterpieces, including tools and materials, color essentials and theory, design and composition, still life painting, landscape painting, painting en plein air, and more. There's no need to be intimidated by the prospect of painting with this classic medium. In Beginning Oil, the techniques are clearly explained and beautifully illustrated on each page. You will master key concepts with ease, and then put them into practice quickly. Dry, repetitive exercises on blank canvases are a thing of the past with Beginning Oil. Let this collection of step-by-step exercises serve as your instructor as you learn by practicing each technique within a larger work, making oil painting approachable and accessible and, most importantly, fun! The Portfolio series covers essential art techniques, core concepts, and media with an approach and format that’s perfect for aspiring, beginning, and intermediate artists.Also available from the series: Beginning Acrylic, Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, Beginning Pastel, Beginning Colored Pencil, Beginning Color Mixing, Expressive Painting, Beginning Color Mixing, Beginning Pen & Ink, and Beginning Composition.
Jan Murphy graduated from UCLA. She has worked as a graphic designer and an art director, and she also teaches painting classes. Her background inspires her painting style, which incorporates architectural elements, saturated colors, and design. A member of the Oil Painters of America, Jan was a featured artist in the Directory of Illustration between 2012 and 2014. She's the author of Portfolio: Beginning Oil and her art was featured in Artist Toolbox: Color, both from Walter Foster Publishing. Learn more about Jan at www.murphyartworks.art.