This series is aimed at readers who already have a basic knowledge of drawing and painting and who wish to improve their mastery of the plastic arts. The series consists of a systematic library as a way to learn, master and enjoy the secrets of drawing and painting. The overall design of the collection, the contents of each book and the order in which each volume is published follow modern didactic guidelines for art teaching. Each volume is dedicated to a single medium (oil, watercolor, pastel, etc) or to a single theme (still life, landscape, the human figure, etc) and is a compendium of theory, practice, special tips and expert advice, answering simply, straight-forwardly and attractively the questions most commonly posed by students and lovers of drawing and painting. Oil painting is universally regarded as the most noble of the artistic mediums. It is usually also considered as the most difficult technique. Of course, there is a basis of argument on both claims, but there is no doubt that the most acclaimed works among Western painting is derived. AS far as the difficulty of its use, oils are not any easier not more difficult to apply than any other medium. In art, it is all a matter of acquiring enough practical experience, and this book is a complete guide that will provide that valuable experience to the reader. As far as technique, the first section of this book is devoted to the review of the techniques of some of the great works of art from the past. You will see that the great masters did not limit themselves to accepting the methods from the past; they opened new paths and created new ways of applying materials. It is through the works of these great creators that the reader will be able to submerge himself or herself in the passionate world of creative painting. This books opens with a brief overview showing the great variety of effects that artists can achieve using oils. The sections that follow instruct on mixing pigments, mastering brushing methods, and applying these techniques to portraits, landcapes, seascapes, still lifes, and more.