The New Oil Painting by Kimberly Brooks


“It’s strange, since so many thousands of people enjoy (and are obsessed by) painting, that there is such a lack of good guidebooks. There are some amazing doorstops that are nearly impossible to use, like Ralph Mayer’s The Artist’s Handbook or Leslie Carlyle’s Artist’s Assistant, and there are dozens of colorful how-to manuals that offer limited information. Kimberly Brooks’s The New Oil Painting is unique in the field: it’s comprehensive, up to date, and friendly–exactly what painters need to have by their side.”

James Elkins, Professor of Art Theory, Criticism Painting The School of Art Institute of Chicago Author, What Painting Is

“This is no ordinary how-to-paint book. Instead, artist Brooks assumes readers have mastered the rudiments of the art and focuses on the composition of materials required for painting, such as solvents like turpentine (which, in her opinion, are to be avoided) as well as everything else comprising the paint environment.”

Starred Review Booklist The American Library Association

“Insightful and straightforward. I have been painting for a long time, yet I learned many things from this book.  It is a great addition to any studio—and to keep it near your painting table.”

Enrique Martinez Celaya, Artist

“By drawing parallels between the development of pigments and art epoch’s studies of light, Brook’s material history has vast implications: by investigating the organic how, we can see the pictorial anew.”

Emma Webster, Artist

What could possibly be new about
oil painting?

Oil paint is one of the most ancient, sensual mediums on earth. But even long time professional artists know little about the true nature of the paints and mediums they’re using.  Many suppose that harmful solvents are necessary which they’re not. Understanding the science and the myths behind the materials, what to use and when, will save new artists ten thousand hours of guessing and help all painters get to the poetry faster.  

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Kimberly Brooks, Artist / Author

Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American artist who has been painting and exhibiting her works with oil for thirty years.  After learning that the real secret to the old masters was that they didn’t really use or need solvent, she created a simple guide for her students which grew into a book about everything one would need to know about the materials for oil painting.  Learn More