Bill Martin's Guide to Oil Painting
Master These Oil Painting Exercises and You're On Your Way
Over the years of teaching people how to use oil paints, I have found that this set of exercises has the best results with the least amount of work in the shortest amount of time.
Paint as loosely or tightly as you like, the principles of these exercises are the same in all styles.
At the end you will have had enough painting experience to start to paint your own masterpieces!
You will learn how to paint the five basic forms, the cone, cylinder, sphere, cube and torus. These forms are the foundation of all the objects you see. To be able to paint these then is to be able to paint anything.
In this exercise the colors are seen only as lights and darks or values. This painting will teach you to paint more complex forms than the previous exercise and it will teach you to see a color's value.
In this exercise you will practice mixing colors and painting these bright simple forms.
In this exercise you will practice creating the illusion of distance with color. You will also learn to see the form within textured objects.