Category Archives: Oil painting

Art of Abstract Painting – review

The Art of Abstract Painting by Rolina van Vliet is an excellent guide for any painter who’s interested in moving in abstract directions. It’s especially helpful if you’re stuck in realism and want to break out with more juicy, vivid or personal statements. For me, this book’s interior illustrations are interesting but not inspiring.  In fact, I like the cover illustration far better than what’s inside. However, I rate this… Read More »

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes

Expressive Oil Painting: An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes,  by George Allen Durkee is a good, instructional book for oil painters.  Artists working with acrylics will learn great tips from it as well. From the start, I was impressed.  Instead of using the usual photos of art supplies as he talks about what he paints with, Durkee actually painted pictures of his art supplies. That’s pretty cool. Then, he… Read More »