Todd M Casey

Todd M Casey: Oil Painters Color Book Hardcover


"In The Oil Painter's Color Handbook, Todd Casey presents priceless information that every art school should teach and every art student should learn. The book breaks down the subject of color into useful pieces of knowledge that painters can put into practice.

He analyzes color in terms of light, value, pigment, mixing strategies, palette arrangements, and painting techniques. Each topic is clearly and succinctly explained in the text, illustrated with captions, charts, diagrams, and finished paintings.

By the end of the book, the reader will have a clear understanding of how realist painters and illustrators have used color through history." - James Gurney, artist and author

“This is the most impressive and complete book on color ever produced. It covers a wide range of color concepts, including some I'd never seen before. It digs deeply into color harmony, techniques, and has powerful examples to demonstrate every concept.” - Eric Rhoads, Publisher, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

From Todd M. Casey, acclaimed artist and expert teacher, The Oil Painter’s Color Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to color Mixing, Pigments, Palettes, and Harmony provides everything the oil painter needs to understand all aspects of color and empowers the reader to paint with confidence. As Casey notes, every artist and artist-in-training must learn how to “master the main concepts of picture-making: drawing, light, shadow, value, form, composition, and color.”

A follow-up to the bestselling The Art of Still Life: A Contemporary Guide to Classical Techniques, Composition, and Painting in Oil (Monacelli, 2020), The Oil Painter’s Color Handbook begins with an in-depth look at the use of color throughout art history. Casey then breaks down the process of understanding color into easily digestible lessons―each clearly explained and richly illustrated with both historic and contemporary paintings―so that the reader can learn progressively and layer more complex ideas as each skill is achieved.

Through clear instruction, step-by-step demonstrations, and challenging exercises, readers will learn to apply these techniques and concepts to their own painting. Once educated with this fundamental knowledge, as an artist, one can begin to find the balance between the science and emotional intuition in creating art. This informative and visually dynamic book will be accessible and appealing to artists, art students, and art instructors, to serious amateurs and hobbyists.


Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Oil Painters Color Handbook

It is what every artist needs to know about color, value, temperature and more. Easy to read and understand.


Super in-depth look at color in oil painting. Lots of really good illustrations that explain the concepts. Lots of examples from many different artists. Highly recommend.

Barbara Plant
Excellent Study

This is a great book for understandiing color. Highly recommended for any level of painter.

Dorothy Lorenze
All you need to know about color

Whether you're interested in the emotions associated with color or the science of specific pigments, Todd covers it all. This is a book that can be used by artists from beginner to expert. It's so well organized that you can search for specific subjects as needed. But there are wonderful insights and examples of color schemes throughout, so it should also be read from start to finish.
What a valuable source of both information and inspiration!

Allen McMillan
This One's for Hue

In his "The Oil Painter's Color Handbook: A Contemporary Guide to Color Mixing, Pigments, Palettes, and Harmony," Todd M. Casey describes the artist's choices involving science and intuition: "I like to think of this as the head and the heart, with science being the head and the heart being your intuitive side (or left brain versus right brain)." In addition to being filled with paintings representing the trajectory of realism from the French academic tradition through paintings of today, it has color wheels throughout giving the book a unifying theme. Some of the color wheels relate to the qualities of specific paintings and instructions are provided for making color wheels. Casey's book can serve as a scientific text and his depth of knowledge is evidenced by his observations such as: "The color of clothing matters, too. Light will bounce off higher-chroma clothes, so wear neutral or darker clothing when painting."