Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Oil Painting: Oceans & Seascapes: Learn to paint step by step

Oil Painting: Oceans & Seascapes is a is a tutorial and style guide by Martin Clarke. Due out 3rd March 2020 from Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint, it's 40 pages and will be available in paperback format. Some of the content has been reformatted and expanded from previously published (2013) material.

The layout follows the familiar Walter Foster tutorial format. An introduction covers tools and supplies and is followed by a short and easily accessible general tutorial on color theory and painting methods.  There's a good subchapter on brushwork leading into an overview on seascapes/water/foam, etc. There are 5 full tutorials with tips and techniques to complete the projects with varied types of water and associated landscape features. Each tutorial includes the palette, some step by step instruction and tips for completing the paintings. It doesn't include an index or links for further reading (but it's not necessary for such a short book). Each of the chapters includes a start to finish project illustrating the concepts and techniques from the chapter.

This is a very basic book but full of intermediate techniques and will provide some useful takeaways for the majority of readers/artists.  This entire series is worthwhile and will be a valuable addition to the artist's home library.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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