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The Best Books on Oil Painting

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The Best Books on Oil Painting

There is no shortage of books on oil painting out there, however, these three, or four including Harold Speed's book on drawing are to my mind must-haves. To begin with perhaps the Daddy of the them all, and the one I've heard recommended by countless highly accomplished artists is "Alla Prima II" by the Richard Schmid. This was a game changer for so many aspiring artists searching out good information, especially before the internet age. On the positive side this is a physically beautiful book full of lush illustrations of Richard's work. He's also a highly entertaining and engaging writer, with a talent...

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Oil Painting Value Studies with artist Nicolas Uribe

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Oil Painting Value Studies with artist Nicolas Uribe

This is a fantastic little video of an artist I really admire called Nicolas Uribe. I think he was born in the US but to Columbian parents and thus has been back and forth over the years between the two Countries. He’s and now based Bogota where himself and his partner the lovely Daniela Ocampo set up this really cool project a few years ago, called “Our Painted Lives”. The gist of it is that Nicolas would paint scenes from their everyday lives, with lots of little detours into other subject matter too, and Danny would help with the video...

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ABOUT THE ART NERDY JOURNEY BLOG

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ABOUT THE ART NERDY JOURNEY BLOG

This is sort of a Mission Statement for my new Art Blog for Artists, called THE ART NERDY JOURNEY - BLOG and its sister Newsletter, which I’ll link to below.  The gist of it is that I'm a self-confessed art nerd. On a daily basis I'm usually taking in some form of art content: art books, podcasts YouTube videos or more structured painting and drawing courses. And in truth few people in my life care about such things. I just don’t know what’s wrong with them. So in one way this blog and sister newsletter is going to be space where I get to...

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Oil Painting for Beginners with artist Julie Beck

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Oil Painting for Beginners with artist Julie Beck

This is an excellent introduction to the stuff of oil paint by Julie Beck, a wonderful artist teaching at the Academy of Realist Art Boston.  No matter whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, there are always confusing and mysterious elements around the practice of oil painting. I’ve been at this myself for over thirty years, but there were still little nuggets of valuable information in here for me; And even besides that, it’s never any harm to hear another professional with great communication skills lay out the foundational information as a refresher. And as Julie Beck is just...

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