Oil: Light & Shadow

Learn to paint step by step


by Tom Swimm

In this insightful 32-page book, accomplished painter Tom Swimm shows aspiring artists how to recognize and express the dynamic effects of light in luminous oil paintings. Tom demonstrates how to get started through sketching, toning a support, and establishing a value underpainting. He then explains special techniques, such as portraying light and shadows, expressing time of day, and rendering reflective surfaces. He also reveals tricks on creating brilliant compositions—from simplifying complex subjects and creating bold textures to telling a compelling story through a seemingly ordinary scene. Best of all, the vivid, full-color illustrations and innovative tips from Tom will inspire you to infuse your own paintings with light and color.

32-page paperback, 10.25" x 13.75"

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