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

No Need for an Easel or a Mahl Stick: Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner Made Simple
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,410. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
A guide for the beginner in oil painting on what to buy and how to get that brush moving. With basic exercises on colour application to alla prima, shading and glazing. Find step by step demos on painting a first landscape floral art and animal painting. With hundreds of colour images.
Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters: Learn to Paint Figures and Portraits via Oil Painting Demonstrations
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,060. 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: A Step by Step Demonstration in Portraiture in Oils (after Leonardo Da Vinci)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,120. 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: Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Portraits, Mixing Skin Colours, Eyes, Hair and More
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Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 29,530. 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: Learn to Paint Portraits via Detailed Oil Painting Demonstrations
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,010. 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: Illustrated Educational Bedtime Stories for Children Age 5 - 8
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Price: $1.65 USD. Words: 460. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
A picture ebook 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 countless illustrations throughout completed in oils.
Draw What You See Not What You Think You See: Learn How to Draw for Beginners
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
This book may prove invaluable if you feel you suffer picture dyslexia or a 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 and negative shapes, shading and more. Book’s statistics: 15,500 words and around 90 images.
The Artist’s Garden in Oils: Eighteen Step by Step Guides: Step by Step Art Projects on Oil Painting: Flowers, Figures and More
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 20,730. 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: Step by Step Art Projects on Oil Painting: Landscapes in Alla Prima, Impasto and More
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 19,320. 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: A Fantasy Bedtime Picture Book for Boys Age 5 – 8
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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: An Oceanic Educational Picture Book for Children Age 5 - 8
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 410. 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.
Katie's Magic Teapot and the Cosmic Pandas: A Cosmic Educational Picture Book for Children Age 5 -8
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 410. 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.
Why do My Ellipses look like Doughnuts? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Still Life Painting Peeves: Colour Theory, Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Floral Art, Fruit, Crockery and More
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Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 24,260. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Tips 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: Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Landscapes for Beginners
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Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 24,150. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
Help for landscape artists faced with why clouds look like cotton wool or 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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