This handbook of instruction and advice handles beginners' problems in a most competent manner, even persuading the most timid that they too can paint. After a discussion of why one paints, there is a chapter which helps to take the self-consciousness and fear away from putting pencil and paint to paper, and from then on the book is concerned with equipment, techniques, and the necessity of constant observation recorded in a handy notebook. From sketching, to water colors, progressing to an in-between oil paint- turpentine medium and then on to full oils and pastel color sketches, this is thoroughly explicit as to each step of preparation, procedure and performance and does not skimp such matters as selecting subjects, composition, and how to see and feel via this type of expression. There is a section of twenty questions and answers which sums up the fundamentals of all the foregoing. Indexed and with 4 color plates, 8 illustrations and 20 line drawings, this is the type of book to inspire anyone with a creative urge.