“Oil Painting Essentials: Mastering Portraits, Figures, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Interiors,” by Gregg Kreutz

I recently had the chance to read Oil Painting Essentials: Mastering Portraits, Figures, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Interiors, by Gregg Kreutz. This nonfiction book was published on May 24, 2016, by Watson-Guptill.

About this book (from the back cover):

An essential guide to the oil painting techniques that will allow artists to master a variety of subjects, including figures, portraits, still life, landscapes, and interiors.

Many painters limit themselves to one type of subject matter, but in Oil Painting Essentials, artist and art instructor Gregg Kreutz shows how a multi-genre approach can dramatically improve your painting skills. Arranged by category, each chapter covers both the essentials specific to that subject matter and those that apply to all genres.

Through step-by-step lessons and examples from his own oil paintings, Kreutz shows how you can strengthen your skill set for one genre by painting in another. This comprehensive exploration of the conceptual and practical issues behind oil painting provides all of the tools and encouragement you need to successfully take on any type of oil painting.

Final Verdict:

We homeschool, and as part of our educational plan I want my daughters to not just learn about fine art, but enjoy creating art as well. I don’t know if any of us had natural talent in the visual arts, but we enjoy ourselves, anyway! In writing this book, the author says his goal was to “make the rewards of realistic painting accessible to all levels of painters,” and it did that for us. Reading through the elements Kreutz covers in his book also helped us with our art appreciation. For example, reading about the way a still life artist chooses to arrange his props, stage his scene, and make light “move” around the picture helped us appreciate the still life paintings we observed in other books.


This book is absolutely gorgeous, also. It is filled with lovely paintings done by Kreutz, like the ones above, below, and on the book’s cover.


You can find out more about author Gregg Kreutz by visiting his website here.

 If you’d like to check out Oil Painting Essentials: Mastering Portraits, Figures, Still Lifes, Landscapes, and Interiors it is currently on sale for $15.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $24.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy, it’s currently on sale for $17.00. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Bobbiann Markle  |  January 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    For some reason, I couldn’t comment on your review of Everyday Watercolor, so I’m commenting here. I see you used both books for your homeschool, and I was wondering if you went through all of Everyday Watercolor. How long did the lessons take? How frequently did your kids do the lessons? I’m planning to use the book with my homeschooled daughter.


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