Oil Painting Techniques Tips & Instruction

Even the old masters worked diligently to enhance their oil painting techniques. Here, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials on how to paint with with oil, covering a variety of topics including classical underpaintings, glazing, surface treatments and building up the paint for texture.

Costa Vavagiakis

Oil Palettes for Landscapes and Figures

I experiment extensively with different brands of pigments in order to find the properties of each color that best suit my techniques. Because I paint in many layers, I have to be concerned with the drying properties of each pigment. I work with faster-drying colors in the beginning and then slower-drying ones for the...

Step 11 for Glazing in Oils

Glazing in Oils: A Flower Demo

Growing & Pruning & Glazing Garden of Joy: Eleven Steps and Several Diversions Jane Jones writes out a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint her stunning, large-scale work, Garden of Joy (scroll to the bottom to see the completed piece.) In these 11 steps, she demonstrates glazing in oils, using Photoshop, editing composition and much...

Step 7

Cesar Santos on Classical Portraits

Once the proportions look good, I start adding more information. I find the eye sockets, the nose and the rest of the features. My advice: If you have to put some value down to see proportion, better do it, but don’t fall into shading or rendering. Remember, this stage is to facilitate the painting’s...

How to Paint Oil Portraits

Oil Painting: Portraits in Cool Light with Chris Saper

How to Paint Portraits Portrait painting is popular for a reason, and it’s tough to argue with the classics. Even in the age of the selfie stick and easy access to cameras, we’re drawn to formal portraiture; not only because we want the ability to control how we’re presented to the world, but because...

Oil Painting Techniques

Landscape Painting Techniques in Water-Miscible Oils

Learn Landscape Painting Techniques in Oil If you want to try your hand at working in oils, why not try water-mixable oils? Use them to try out landscape painting techniques in Water-Mixable Oils with Michael Sanders. Michael starts this video with color wheel exercises to practice brushwork and how to mix and manipulate your...