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.

Early Afternoon, Cafe Europa by Desmond O'Hagan

Oil Painting Demonstration: Figures in a Sunny Café

Desmond O’Hagan is your guide in this oil painting demonstration as you learn to interpret the light in this sunny café scene! Desmond’s style is bold and direct, never overworking the details. “The constant challenge of painting…a slightly more complicated scene,” he says, “is the challenge to simplify, really keeping your shapes correct, slowly...

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Top 10 Oil Painting Tips from Johannes Vloothuis

A master painter and favorite art workshop instructor, Johannes Vloothuis teaches thousands of students how to paint with oil (among other mediums), so we asked him for his Top 10 Tips for Oil Painters. We think you’ll agree that these essential painting techniques should be in every artist’s tool kit. 1. Use Underpainting or Fast...

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Through the Years with John Howard Sanden

Oil painter John Howard Sanden takes a look back at his work and his process through the years in a Q&A with The Artist’s Magazine. What has changed for you over the course of your career?  Everything in my long life and long career is dated either before 1969 or after 1969. That was the...

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November 2016 Artist of the Month | Debra A. Carr

Oil painter Debra A. Carr is our November 2016 Artist of the Month! Carr was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Pretty Jane can be seen below. Read more about Carr and how working on this portrait became a therapeutic exercise in coping with loss and love. North Caldwell, New Jersey ~ debracarr.com I’ve been interested in the art making...

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In The Studio With Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss shows us how we works in the studio in our November 2016 issue for a session on figure painting, and how the creative mind is constantly in flux. Late this spring I returned to paint in my studio after an absence of some months. My subject was a talented student artist who agreed...

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Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...

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3 Oil Painters to Fall in Love With

Through our Over 60 Competition, we’ve had the pleasure of getting know so many amazing, inspiring artists, some of which are coming back to art after a period away, or picking up the practice after retirement. Learn more below from 3 of our favorite oil painters, each with their own unique process and story. John...