Radiant Oils: Glazing Techniques for Fruit and Flower Paintings That Glow

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Glaze and glow…a layer-by-layer approach to realism!

Bring new life to your paintings using transparent glazing. Step by step and layer by layer, this book will show you how to use this classic approach to infuse your work with radiant color, exquisite texture and a breathtaking sense of light.5 simple studies focus on using glazes to evoke a wide variety of realistic still life textures–fruits, flowers, silver, glass and more.5 full-length demonstrations show the creation of stunning still-life paintings from start to finish.Features expert instruction on everything from prepping painting surfaces and selecting colors, to artfully composing light and shadow.Plus an entire chapter devoted to painting strong complementary backgrounds for realistic, fluid compositions.Radiant Oils is perfect for oil artists who want to explore the beauty of glazing, watercolor artists who want to try their hand at oils and any painter wishing to achieve stunningly realistic effects using classic, straightforward techniques inspired by the Old Masters.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440311609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440311604
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Outstanding art book

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 8, 2013
I own both of Arleta Pech’s books, this one and “Painting Fresh Flowers in Watercolor” and several of her DVDs. Arleta was originally a watercolor painter and many of her techniques are reminiscent of watercolor. However, what she is able to accomplish by glazing with oils is amazing. If you want to learn oil glazing and how to paint realistically, this book will not disappoint. It is well written and detailed. The painting demonstrations are easy to follow. If you follow Arleta’s techniques your oil paintings truly will “glow”. Arleta uses traditional oils but I work in water soluble oils and have achieved the same results. This book is an excellent guide for both the beginning and experienced painter.

Great Foundation for Glazing Techniques!

50 people found this helpful.
 on February 11, 2010
By Dorothy Williams
Hands down, I consider this the best book on explaining glazing techniques. There are not many books out there that are completely devoted to this special technique. This is great for beginners because she explains each step in such clear detail. Everything from color combination, sequence of layering and basic composition is very easy to understand for someone new at this. If you want to learn the basics of Venetian /classical painting, this is the one for you.

Radiant Oils is a must have for technique!

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2013
By D. Wood
I am new to oiils and mainly work in acrylics using a glazing technique of sorts. I tried to apply the same to oils and the transition between mediums was a disaster. While looking through the Oils section of books on Amazon, I came across Arleta Pech’s ‘Radiant Oils’. I checked out the ‘Look Inside’ feature and from what I saw, I knew this was what I needed. Arleta’s instructions in layering with oils and especially the medium to oil ratio was just the information I was looking for. I recommend this book especially to those artists who are coming from an acrylic background and like using the glazing technique. This is the ‘missing link’ of info for that transitioning! I love it and recommend this book.

Arleta’s Pech’s books are the Best!

11 people found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2010
By Joan E. Eckert
Arleta Pech has been my favorite artist since I discovered her over ten years ago by buying her first book, PAINTING FRESH FLORALS IN WATERCOLOR. The lessons were fantastic, and my skills improved greatly. I decided I wanted to try oil painting, and was so excited when I found out she was going to do a book on oils. I had to wait quite a while before it was available, but I was not disappointed when my book arrived from Amazon. The paintings in the book are beautiful. It is worth the price of the book just to be able to look at her recent art work in oils. The lessons are so well thought out and explained so thoroughly. Arleta Pech is an inspiration for all would be artists. Her new book is fantastic.

but I can tell that I will have a successful painting because of such good instruction in the book

 on March 4, 2017
By Amazon Customer
I haven’t had a chance to start painting yet, but I can tell that I will have a successful painting because of such good instruction in the book. Especially helpful will be the process pictured to incorporate proper light and shadow. The book itself is beautiful!

Transparent Oil Glazes

One person found this helpful.
 on June 29, 2013
By Roena King
I am very excited to start after doing the first few exercises shown in the book. I am an experienced artist, but felt I have learned more about glazes by doing the exercises. I was completely amazed at how thin the glazes were and the big difference they made in each of the exercises. The amount of paint you use is almost “none”. Beautiful paintings with examples. She even gave information on the different lighting conditions she used to photograph her subjects. I am very pleased with the book so far.

Almost everything I needed

 on June 23, 2014
By Velvet C. Tetrault
This book had much of what I needed to learn to paint with glazes. However, I was still not quite sure what I was doing by the end of it. So I ended up buying 3 of Arleta’s oil DVDs, which were extremely complete references on how to paint with glazes. The book gave me the impression that Arleta was painting with watercolor rather than oil. All in all, however, I would still recommend this book if you want to know how to paint with glazes. I would recommend her DVDs more, though.

great book!!

 on January 10, 2016
By janet sager
Received the book very quickly, and in great shape. This book went into great detail about using oils to make pictures appear more lifelike. great book! If you are really interested in learning how to paint in oil, and take it a step further, buy this book.

Nice book good advice

 on May 23, 2011
By zunisong
I bought this book last year on the advice of another artist friend. It’s a good quality book, the images are very good. The technique of layering paint is very good. I thought he subject matter for painting was a bit limited but the author is a still life artist for the most part so I guess that is to be expected. I think the advice in the book is good and will help any artist wanting to improve technique and quality of paintings. The section on photographing artwork is great, one of my favorite parts of the book.

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