My Cart (0)

Expressive Oil Painting

An Open Air Approach to Creative Landscapes

By George Allen Durkee

Format: Paperback

SKU# Z2440

You'll Love This Oil Painting Book If:

  • You love painting landscapes & want to learn more
  • You want to learn how to work with oil paint like an expert
  • You love learning along with professional painter, George Allen Durkee
Express yourself in a new artistic way with the great oil landscape painting techniques found in Expressive Oil Painting by George Allen Durkee. With these basic fundamentals you'll be creating original art in no time. Learn about the artistic process & the types of supplies you'll need with these fun and easy-to-follow demonstrations and lessons. In Expressive Oil Painting you'll also learn about color and composition in nine in-depth landscape painting demonstrations.

Great for beginners and more advanced oil painting artists, you'll discover how to bring greater sensitivity, intuition and authenticity to your work with this oil painting book. As you move along, you'll find a diverse sampling of ideas and approaches for painting landscape elements, capturing mood, simplifying the complexity of nature and more. George Allen Durkee is a great teacher and accomplished artist.

In Expressive Oil Painting You'll Learn:

  • How to capture light, depth, movement & your own point of view in an oil landscape
  • About the supplies and work habits you'll need to achieve success
  • Top landscape painting techniques & tips such as drawing, color and composition

A Word From the Author:

When I paint, brushstrokes rarely look exactly the way I imagine they will, paintings seldom turn out just the way I visualize them, and during the painting process, there is often a period when the work in progress looks nothing like the thing I'm painting. I gave up on many paintings before learning that chaos is simple one of the stages in bringing a painting together. So take a break, then put some more paint on the canvas and keep going.

To arrange time for leaning, you may need to work around commitments that are not negotiable --like your job, school or family. The time left is yours for painting. Claim your time and use it efficiently. Starting can sometimes be the most difficult part of painting. If you paint regularly, a rhythm will develop to your work. Start because painting is what you do. If you are a weekend painter or experience interruptions due to the vicissitudes of life, it may be more difficult to get started. The day before you plan to paint, check your equipment. Make sure you have enough paint, rags, turpentine or mineral spirits and something to paint on. Get everything lines up and ready to go. Meditate on what you want to accomplish the following day. Then, when you wake up in the morning, you'll be ready to begin. --George Allen Durkee

Check Out This Excerpt From Expressive Oil Painting:

What To Paint On:
I prefer Fredix Red Label medium-textured canvas. You can also use 1/8 (3mm) hardboard panels from your local building supply, primed with two coats of acrylic gesso brushed on in opposite directions. Non-absorbent, canvas-textured paper pads make economical experiments, as well.

Mediums and Thinners:
Mediums and thinners are two separate categories of liquids used to adjust the handling qualities of the paint. Thinners like turpentine or mineral spirits that have been mixed with tube paints evaporate quickly without altering the chemical composition of the paint. I use straight turpentine. Mediums, on the other hand, do alter chemical composition because they add oils or varnishes to the paint. However, they may help you achieve some textural qualities more easily than with thinners. Most are safe when used judiciously. You can mix a common medium by combining one part linseed oil, one part damar varnish and two or three parts turpentine or mineral spirits.

Sketch Pad and Pencils:
Your sketching equipment can be simple or elaborate. At a minimum carry a clipboard, a few sheets of computer paper and a 4B drawing pencil.

What Other Artists Are Saying:

"I can honestly say that I have learned more in the first reading of this book than from all the workshops and classes I've taken combined. I've waited a long time to find a book like this one. It is simple and easy to understand. it is a beautifuly structured book with no wasted motion. Every word and every picture and diagram is on point. Durkee has taken the complexity out of the complex subject of oi painting. Thank you George!" --Frank Richardson

"I like this book a lot. The pictures alone are worth the purchase price. Durkee is a very skilled landscape painter and also a sensitive teacher. When I read his words, I feel as though he's speaking to me alone. He doesn't talk over my head, but explains complex concepts of painting in a way that I can get what he's talking about. Has anyone else ever explained how to actually apply color theory as clearly as this? There is a subtle undertone to the book that goes beyond just describing how to get the right color in the right place; George imparts a deep spiritual message, cleverly and often subliminally teaching how to capture the emotion of the landscape. What more could any painter want? He not only shows what to do and how, he also explains why. This is a worthwhile book. I recommend it for beginning and intermediate painters, and also for more experienced painters who are hungry to learn advanced painting techniques."- S. Armstrong

"
SKU Z2440
Author/Speaker/Editor George Allen Durkee
File/Trim Size 10.875 x 8.25
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781600611513
Number Of Pages 128
$26.99

Out of Stock

This item qualifies for free standard shipping on U.S. orders over $25

Click on image to zoom

Customer Reviews

6 Item(s)

per page
A little confusing Review by Pleinairpainter
Rating

This book is more about how to get color in the right place than the necessary basics of painting. The work shown tends to be flat and abstract, so maybe if that is the direction you are going the book would be useful.

(Posted on 4/30/2014)

You need this! Review by Rick
Rating

If you are an artist, or want to be one, you need to read this book. Excellent instruction and information on all aspects of painting. His description on color alone is worth the cost of the book. I've read and re-read this book and it has helped me tremendously. Get it!

(Posted on 3/30/2014)

Expressive Oil Painting Review by Painting Sam

I was very fortunate to have taken a workshop in Pasadena with George. I am remiss in writing this review sooner; however, life is so very busy. Well, to anyone wanting an absolutely beautiful book, this is it. The step by step instructions will assist not only the newest artist, but will also challenge a seasoned artist as well. I would without hesitation recommend this book to anyone. I can only pray that George will write another one soon so that I can be the first to purchase it! As another reviewer noted, the pictures in the book are worth the price alone, but the instruction accompanying them are also worth their weight in gold...and then some. I believe that all artists should have this book in their personal libraries. It is a true artistic inspiration. Happy Painting! and Thanks Again George for your kind and giving nature during the Pasadena workshop. Take care, Sam in California.

(Posted on 1/29/2010)

Most instructive and Informative Review by Linnette

This book gets across what many art instructors and writers of art books have tried to do, but have failed to do. Yes, I said failed. I do believe that when George Durkee set about to write this book, he totally had the student, the semi-pro and the pro in mind and not what he could get from the purchase of the book. The instruction is clear and simple. He does not talk over my head. He not only explained the how, but the why. As one reviewer stated: There is a subtle undertone to the book that goes beyond just describing how to get the right color in the right place. His demonstrations are beautifully done and makes you want to do them. I tend to skim over stuff and sometimes I do not want to do the grunge work, but I want to follow his instructions and do the sketches in the manner he suggested.George Durkee, this is a message to you: please write more books with the same intent as you did for this, or even greater!!

(Posted on 11/6/2009)

Not Just Another Book On Oil Painting Review by Frank Richardson

I can honestly say that I have learned more in the first reading of this book than from all the workshops and classes I've taken combined. I've waited a long time to find a book like this one. It is simple and easy to understand. it is a beautifuly structured book with no wasted motion. Every word and every picture and diagram is on point. Durkee has taken the complexity out of the complex subject of oi painting. Thank you George!

(Posted on 10/29/2009)

Better Than Most Review by S. Armstrong

I like this book a lot. The pictures alone are worth the purchase price. Durkee is a very skilled landscape painter and also a sensitive teacher. When I read his words, I feel as though he's speaking to me alone. He doesn't talk over my head, but explains complex concepts of painting in a way that I can get what he's talking about. Has anyone else ever explained how to actually apply color theory as clearly as this? There is a subtle undertone to the book that goes beyond just describing how to get the right color in the right place; George imparts a deep spiritual message, cleverly and often subliminally teaching how to capture the emotion of the landscape. What more could any painter want? He not only shows what to do and how, he also explains why. This is a worthwhile book. I recommend it for beginning and intermediate painters, and also for more experienced painters who are hungry to learn advanced painting techniques.

(Posted on 10/7/2009)

6 Item(s)

per page