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The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted: Guided Lessons for Beginners and Experienced Artists Paperback – July 1, 2006

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Kathleen Staiger has taught painting and drawing at every level for more than thirty-five years. A graduate of Hofstra University with masters degrees in art and literature, she is currently on the faculty of the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, where she lives.

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How does an artist translate what she or he sees into a painting? It isn't as simple as plunking down two apples or looking out the window and then copying what you see.
This lesson is all about what goes into making an interesting painting. It will show you how to effectively arrange your subject, how to accurately sketch the subject onto the canvas, and how to successfully develop and finish the painting. Our subject will be a simple still life.
This lesson is divided into four parts. In the first part you will learn how to make your painting interesting and then apply what you learn to the arrangement of your chosen fruit or vegetables. In the second part you will learn how to draw your objects accurately onto the canvas. In the third part you will be guided in the painting of your still life; we will use what you have learned about color and shading in the previous lessons to paint fruit that looks as if you could pick it off the canvas.In the final part I will demonstrate standard painting procedures and paint a still life. 

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Watson-Guptill (July 1, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0823032590
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0823032594
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.53 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.55 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kathleen Lochen Staiger is an award-winning professional artist and a member of Oil Painters of America. She is represented by Darby Fine Art in Vero Beach Florida.

Staiger holds an M.A. in Art and Humanities from Hofstra University in New York, and is a career art teacher. After teaching art at all levels, from elementary school through college, she found her home teaching oil painting to adults.

An enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, Staiger continually looks for ways to improve her classes. The result of these efforts was the development of a popular course in basic oil painting and a method of color mixing that took the frustration and guesswork out of trying to find the right color. Her courses became very popular and her students began urging her to write a book of her methods. She set to work, and in 2006 "The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted" was published by Watson-Guptill with world-wide distribution. It was immediately popular and continues to be a top seller in its niche.

While her beginning course is geared to realism (which she regards as the best way to teach control of brush and paint) she considers herself primarily an abstract artist who occasionally creates paintings that have both realistic and abstract elements. Her award-winning paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S.

Kathleen lives with her husband in Vero Beach Florida where she teaches beginning and advanced classes at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Visit her website at kathleenstaiger.com.

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