Keeping the absolute beginner in mind, it does not assume any knowledge at all of the art. Author Mark Daniel Nelson takes the reader through each step from choosing a surface and preparation through to palettes and colour values.
Basic design principles are explained alongside paintings which correlate to each. The reader is then taken through some basic applications, with each subsequent project building on the principles and techniques learnt earlier on in the book. A total of 50 painting projects in all ensures the reader has practised a wide range of skills, developed slowly and thoroughly as they progress through the book.