This book is a good resource for the aspiring artist to build proficiency in oil painting. The book opens by covering the basic tools and materials for getting started in oil painting, including brushes, mediums, supports and palette knives. Also included is valuable information for understanding basic color theory, color mixing, working with oil mediums, as well as how to master a range of techniques such as painting thickly and thinly, sponging, blending, stippling, scumbling, dry brushing and others. Artists will also learn how to select subject matter, set up a balanced composition, create textures and use reference photos while learning how to paint a landscape, still life, floral arrangements and more. The easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions make this book a comprehensive resource for artists of all skill levels.