James Horton's book takes you through all the stages of painting landscapes with oils; from making and preparing your own canvases to producing beautiful, large-scale paintings.
Six step-by-step projects explain how to paint various landscapes - including seas and beaches and trees and foliage - in an easy-to-follow manner.
An extensive section on understanding colour and light will help overcome first-time painters' nerves, and make oil painting a relaxing, enjoyable recreation.
James Horton is an experienced artist with a particular knowledge of the field of anatomy. He has written numerous practical art books, including 'Learn to Draw the Figure', 'Pastel Techniques' and 'Skin Tones'. He teaches art in colleges around the UK, and has exhibited his work widely, including mixed exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and Royal Portrait Society. He lives in Cambridge.
Within reason, it is possible to paint on almost any surface, provided it is isolated from the paint - in other words it must be primed (see below). During the Golden Age in Holland, for example, copper was a popular support. For many years after the invention of oil paint (roughly the mid-fifteenth century), the most common support was a wooden panel. If larger surfaces were required then several panels were joined together. Eventually, canvas was used to get around the problem of weight.