Rachel Shirley

Biography

I have practiced oil painting from the age of six and have since been involved in countless projects and commissions. A graduate from Kingston University, Surrey and with a PCET teaching qualification from Warwick University, I have won competitions, taught life drawing and have written several books and many articles on oil painting and teaching art.

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Books

Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
An oil painting guidebook outlining 10 step-by-step demos on completing figure paintings in oil taken from old masters. Each demo comprises on average 28 images in progress and instructions. Artists featured are Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Gauguin, Ingres, Courbet, Rubens and Cezanne. Techniques explored include sfumato, sgraffito, cangiante and scumbling.
Oil Painting the Mona Lisa in Sfumato: a Portrait Painting Challenge in 48 Steps
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,290. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
This in depth painting demo to be included within my forthcoming book, Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters, explains how to paint the Mona Lisa in sfumato with oils. With numerous images showing the painting in progress accompanied with in-depth instructions. Features include guide to dry-brushing, glazing, troubleshooting and the art materials. With 66 images.
Why do My Skin Tones Look Lifeless? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Portrait Painting Peeves
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
A troubleshooting guide for portrait painters, this invaluable guide tackles each element separately. Find sections on starting out in portraiture, common problems with eyes, different-coloured hair, noses and remedial techniques. Find out the essential pigments to capture skin tones and much more. With over 150 images.
Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,990. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
A guide for portrait painters, this book outlines 10 step by step demos on how to paint portraits in oils copied from old masters including Botticelli, Velazquez, Rossetti, Delacroix, Gauguin and more. Find preliminary chapters on preparing for portrait painting and troubleshooting common problems. Numerous techniques are explored. Contains 218 images.
Katie's Magic Teapot Omnibus Edition
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Price: $1.65 USD. Words: 480. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
A picture kindle book for children, these 2 stories recount Katie’s epic journeys to the cosmos and the oceans in her flying teapot. Accompanied by her entourage the cosmic pandas, Katie learns about the planets, stars and galaxies as well as dolphins, penguins and reef gardens. With 76 pages and countless illustrations throughout completed in oils.
Draw What You See Not What You Think You See
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
This book may prove an invaluable guide if you feel you suffer picture dyslexia or a crippling lack of confidence in drawing. Drawing exercises start from the beginning designed to counter distorted perceptions in drawing and learn to really see. Practice drawing symmetry, abstract shapes, negative shapes, shading techniques and more. Book’s statistics: 15,500 words and around 90 images.
The Artist’s Garden in Oils: Eighteen Step by Step Guides
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 20,610. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
This oil painting guidebook contains 18 step by step demonstrations on various subject matter found within the garden. With preparatory chapters, technique exploration, troubleshooting tips and instructions on how each painting was completed. Book’s statistics: 20,500 words and 182 colour images.
Landscape Painting In Oils: Twenty Step by Step Guides
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 19,240. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
This oil painting guidebook contains 20 step by step painting demonstrations on landscape art on various subject matter and techniques. With preparatory chapters, troubleshooting tips and full instructions on how each painting was completed. Book’s statistics: 19,000 words and 187 colour images.
How Can I Inspire my Painting Class? Lesson Plan Ideas for Oil Painting in Post Compulsory Education & an Essential Guide to Teaching
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,460. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
An invaluable guide for the oil painting teacher this book is in 2 parts: teaching theories and about oil paints. This book has around 50 lesson plan ideas. Preliminary chapters are dedicated to learning theories and classroom management. With 45,000 words and 90 images.
Ben's Little Big Adventure
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Fairy tales and fables
A young boy, Ben awakens, tummy grumbling, only to discover he has shrunk in the night. To get to his prized nibbles, he must negotiate the large proportions of his surroundings, which he likens to the great wonders of the world. But will he reach his prized midnight snack? A picture book for young children, brimming with colour illustrations, completed in oils and 1000 words approx.
Katie and the Cosmic Pandas' Deep Sea Voyage
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A children’s picture ebook for toddlers, this story centres upon Katie who embarks upon a voyage in her magic teapot, accompanied with her friends the cosmic pandas. They learn about strange creatures that inhabit our oceans, including a manta ray, a whale, dolphins and lots more. Illustrations have been completed in oils. With 40 pages and around 1000 words brimming withe colour illustrations.
Katie's Magic Teapot and the Cosmic Pandas
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A children’s picture ebook for toddlers, this story centres upon Katie who discovers her Gran’s teapot is magic and can fly through space. Accompanied by her cosmic pandas, they embark upon an educational journey through the stars and planets, learning about our cosmos along the way. Illustrations have been completed in oils. With 32 pages and approximately 1000 words.
Why do My Ellipses look like Doughnuts? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Still Life Painting Peeves
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,120. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Advisory art book on still life oil painting. Troubleshooting chapters include: ‘I have no interesting objects to paint,’ and ‘how do I make glass look real in my painting?’ Other solutions on offer are for issues surrounding: ellipses, perspectives, backgrounds and colour mixing. With 26 chapters, a step by step demo, glossary, over 100 images and 25,000 words.
Why do My Clouds Look like Cotton Wool? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Landscape Painting Peeves
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,020. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
An advisory book for landscape artists troubleshooting oil painting problems such as why a rendering of clouds look like cotton wool and why mountains look like inverted cones. With 26 chapters, troublesome issues are tackled including painting trees, reflections, buildings and related issues, such as colour mixing and painting on a budget. With over 100 images, 25,000 words, demo and glossary.

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