As I’ve been delving more and more into books about painting, it’s interesting to see how each artist/author approaches creating works of art. In Oil Painting Essentials: Mastering Portraits, Figures, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Interiors, Gregg Kreutz explores what he considers to be essentials in mastering oil painting.
The four essentials he credits are: accuracy, design, depth, and drama. The first chapter of the book covers the concepts and process in oil painting, and then the remaining chapters focus on specific types of paintings. The rest of the book covers portraits, figures, still lifes, landscapes, and interiors.
I would not recommend this book to a beginner. Instead, think this is the good step up if you’re a beginner looking to go to the next level in your painting. The book doesn’t cover much as far as supplies or even certain techniques, but it focuses on teaching you how to see things from a different perspective.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.