Recently I came across a wonderful book at my art supplier´s.
After flicking through it I was hooked and bought Virgil Elliott´s book on “Traditional Oil Painting” which I am now reading for the second time.
It was so very fascinating to learn about his views on contemporary art and find so much valuable information about traditional painting techniques.
So the book really covers so many aspects of oil painting. Virgil also tells us about the lack of skills we are seeing in many modern works of art and he explains how an artist can acquire those skills and learn from the old masters to develop his own style and move on to become a better artist.
At the same time the book does not only lend itself to the oil painter I expect it to be equally useful for the artist who works in acrylics or even in pastels because much of what Virgil says applies to all of them.
After all in order to create an impressive painting you have to learn the skills to draw your viewers in and tell a story. Virgil Elliott´s book will point you in the right direction. Unlike many other books about painting it skips all the usual explanations about which paints, brushes, canvases and easels to use but delves into the principles of layering, using composition, creating lights and darks and much more.
If you are looking for a book to inspire you to learn those traditional techniques this is the one to read.
Although the last edition sold out, there were several copies available at my art supplier´s. If all else fails and enough of us write to the printer´s they may decide to run up a new edition. It is still available from the Stanford works catalogue.