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Top 5 Gifts for the Oil Painting Artist

Top 5 Gifts for the Oil Painting Artist

Wondering what to buy an artist this holiday season? Our gift guide will help you find great gifts for the oil artists in your life. When considering what to buy an artist the options can be overwhelming. There are plenty of oil painting books, supplies, DVDs, and magazines available, but which ones are right for your oil painter? Whether you're shopping for a beginning artist or an artist with years & years of experience, this list has something to fit the bill!

Every item on this list was hand chosen by our great team of editors. They make great stocking stuffers & are a perfect addition to any artists' tool kit. Make your oil painters holiday wishes come true today!

1. The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques

This oil painting book features page after page of techniques, giving your artist the opportunity to delve in deep into the art of oil painting. A classic medium, this paint is versatile and provides the user with a wide range of options. Jeremy Galton takes you from A to Z in this must-have resource for any oil painter. Discover how to create texture, paint wet-into-wet, master brushstrokes and so much more.

In addition to great oil painting techniques this book also features step-by-step demonstrations for creating landscapes, portraits, still life & more. With 600 illustrations, The Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques by Jeremy Galton is filled with instruction and inspiration.


2. Holbein Artists' Oil Color H Set of 12

When you give the gift of art supplies you give the gift of possibility! This set of oil paints is made with high quality cold pressed Linseed Oil and includes 12 colors, so you can mix a full palette of color. Any oil painter would be happy to find this oil paint set under the tree. Lightfastness and permanence makes these paints a popular choice amongst oil painters. This is a great gift for artists looking to start painting straight away.


3. The Artist's Magazine One Year Subscription

The Artist’s Magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving! 10 issues will be delivered right to their doorstep over the course of 1 year. Each issue features new painting techniques and tutorials for instruction as well as interviews with artists for inspiration.


This gift is great for oil painters that love to stay up-to-date with the artistic community. In addition to the print subscription you can also give a digital subscription for the oil painter that’s looking to go green!


4. Traditional Oil Painting

Oil painting is a medium that is extremely popular and stretches back through history to the Renaissance period. Bring those hundreds of years of practice to life with this oil painting book. Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from The Renaissance to the Present by Virgil Elliott takes a closer look at the elements of oil painting. This book is a great gift for the oil painter looking to learn more about principles of visual reality, materials, portraiture and color. Give the gift of more realistic paintings when you share the gifts of the masters with this top oil painting book.


5. How to Paint Skin Tones in Oil

If the artist on your list is a visual learner, this oil painting DVD might be just the ticket. Chris Saper is a world-famous portrait artist, and in this DVD lesson she covers the ins and outs of painting skin tones with oil paints.


Any artist would love to discover, and practice portrait painting techniques along with Chris Saper, and now you can give the gift of a painting workshop with this expert artist. This DVD includes 97 minutes of instruction covering painting light, olive and dark skin tones as well as blonds, red-heads and brunettes.

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