The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted, Watson-Guptill Publisher, 2006

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted, Watson-Guptill Publisher, 2006

This book is the distillation of 35 years of teaching and contains a step-by-step course in oil painting designed for beginners but also of use to any artist who never had the benefit of a good course in painting.  It features an organized system of color mixing and a structured method of learning so that each lesson builds on the last, and everything is clearly explained and demonstrated. There are chapters on still life, landscape, and portrait painting, and lots of tips and suggestions to make painting easier.  The book is available from Watson-Guptill, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and from booksellers worldwide.



5 Star reviews (edited)


“I love it!”

“First prize winner!”

“I retired (and bought this book) so that I could reconnect with painting after forty years…I did every lesson and reread instructions over and over.  I now have a painting on display at a university gallery where I took first place and received a monetary reward also!  This is the first time I have ever won anything for art and I owe it all to this author.”


“…you will treasure this book as a step-by-step guide  to oil painting and a wonderful source of information to refer to again and again…The presentation is so well-organized, comprehensive, and well-written that people…painting in oils have much to gain from it…an exceptional art instruction book.”

“Worth every penny” 

…”the book was not just worth every penny… this book is the best in every way for you for me and for the ones that just need help! Take it from an artist who went to the greatest school in the 70 's of all time, SVA, & even my art professors would give this book 5 stars!  I love it! I love the lessons! I love the simplicity of it as well as the need to even help the experienced artist! All in all this is the best art book I've ever invested in for some time now.

“Doesn’t just sit on my bookshelf” 

“The ideal instructional book…. I already own many books on the subject, but very few had what I was looking for or explained it in a manner in which it kept my interest and appealed to me like this one has.  This book had everything that I was looking for, from color mixing, proper use and techniques of the brush, color, composition and material use. Landscape,Portrait and Still Life painting as well as basic drawing, light etc... A perfect addition to whatever I may take on next. This book by author Kathleen Lochen Staiger is one that is always nearby and not sitting on the bookshelf like many others.”

 “Highly recommend”   

…”This book IS the oil painting course I've always wanted. I've taken   an oil painting course at my local community college, but did not receive the   detailed instruction this book offers. I highly recommend it for the beginner   painter.

“!,”! This is the book I have been waiting for my entire   life! I have tried to learn to paint numerous times and always gave up in   frustration. This book takes the mystery out of painting and makes it easy to   understand. Thank you SO much!                 

"The   best book yet"  

This book offers an extremely organized and disciplined course in oil   painting. Just an excellent book for all artists of all abilities.