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Bestselling artist and writer Hazel Soan has distilled her teaching into a concise guide that focuses on the things that matter most to aspiring painters. Not only can oil painting techniques be picked up relatively quickly, but the medium is relatively forgiving, allowing novices to easily correct their mistakes. Soan offers advice on materials (keeping things to a minimum), mixing colors, basic brush techniques, and using a palette knife. With the easy-to-follow exercises and demonstrations to hone your skills, you’ll soon move on to still lifes, flowers, animals, landscapes, figures, and portraits.
Hazel Soan is a popular and successful artist who divides her time between London and Cape Town, exhibiting her work widely. She has her own gallery in Fulham, London, is author of eight bestselling books for HarperCollins, and has made several successful DVDs. Hazel was one of the art experts in the popular Channel 4 TV series Watercolour Challenge. Her books include the very successful Collins Gem 10 Minute Watercolour (HarperCollins).