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.

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Interview With Jimmy Wright: Turning Toward the Sun

Jimmy Wright's sunflower paintings can be found in an number of notable collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In this interview with The Artist's Magazine, he explains how, for 20 years, he continued to breathe new life into this iconic image.

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Paint for the Impatient

If you're an oil painter who doesn't like to watch paint dry, then painting the alkyd oils is for you. Michael Chesley Johnson teaches the basics of this medium.

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Painting Hair with Kevin Muente

I use a similar technique to paint hair and grass, but this demonstration is for hair. After I’ve decided on the shape of the head and have examined the overall dimensions (the width and the length), I feel ready to paint the area. Notice the line across the back of the head and the...