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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Portraits of Holocaust Survivors by David Jon Kassan

Portraits of Holocaust survivors might well be considered the work of decades because truly surviving such a traumatic upheaval goes far beyond living through the experience. Surviving, in its fullest sense, entails thriving—going on to rebuild a life and, eventually, look back upon the days before, during and after the Holocaust to see the complex...

Beginner Paintings Tip: Hold your brush where it feels comfortable--always--but bear in mind that the more you choke up to the bristles the tighter your marks. The farther back you grip, the more gestural, fluid your marks will be.

Too Intimidated to Start Painting? Don’t Be!

Beginner Paintings Are About Three Things: Surface, Brush, and Palette The first time I tried to paint it was a disaster. I was in a class and I didn’t know what I was doing. I loaded my brush with too much paint, I didn’t understand how to mix colors, and I got overwhelmed super...

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10 Principles of Painting with Oil Painter Gregg Kreutz

Oil painter Gregg Kreutz has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Here, he shares with us a few principles he implements in his own creative process. Read below, and don’t forget to order your copy of The Artist’s Magazine‘s newest issue. 10 Principles of Painting with Oil Painter Gregg Kreutz 1. The four...

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An Oil Portrait Demo in 4 Parts with Katie O’Hagan

Katie O’Hagan walks us through this oil portait demo in 4 easy-to-follow steps. ~ 1. Starting with the Eye: As usual,  I start with the eye. Prussian blue is a recent addition to my palette; I use it mainly when painting the white part of the eye, which requires the tiniest amount of the...

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Oil Demo: Painting the Nude in Nature

In this oil demo, Gregg Kreutz returns to the site of the 2015 Nude in Nature Workshop and, with the same model, posing as she had during Kreutz’s class, he painted this study. ~ 1. Positioning: First Kreutz lays in a rough approximation of the general shape of the model. At issue isn’t accuracy or...

February 2017 Artist of the Month | Oil Painter Kelly Birkenruth

Congratulations to oil painter Kelly Birkenruth, our February Artist of the Month! Birkenruth was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her piece Limes and Laughs can be seen below. Read more about the artist and why the limes in the piece were a fun challenge for her. Avon, Connecticut ~ kellybirkenruth.com My paintings tend to take...

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Get to Know Oil Painter Glenn Harren

Oil painter Glenn Harren shares with The Artist’s Magazine his process and inspiration. I started studying art in junior high, and when I was able to drive, I studied in private studios around Pennsylvania. I went to artist and teacher Nelson Shanks, who sent me to study under Henry Hensche in 1977. From there I...

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From Grisaille to Color: Oil Demo with Dan Thompson

As seen in The Artist’s Magazine’s March issue, Dan Thompson walks us through his oil demo with a deep concentration on grisaille. FROM GRISAILLE TO COLOR by Dan Thompson 1. Open grisaille: I had the honor of painting Jack in Studio Six of The Art Students League of New York. This was the room of...

Landscape painting from photos with Johannes Vlothuis

Paint Along 31: Combine Photos for Better Artistic Narratives | LIVE with Johannes Vloothuis

TIME: 1:00 to 5:00 PM EST DATES: 3 Saturdays: February 4, 11 and 18 WHERE: From the comfort of your home You do not have to attend the sessions live. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost. Register for the Paint Along 31: Combine Photo References to Create Better Artistic Narratives Live online workshop...

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Problem Solving with Oil Painter Joshua LaRock

If you’re in a creative rut and you can’t get out, you’re not alone! Here, oil painter Joshua LaRock walks us through different ways to work out problems you may face with a project. Problem Solving by Joshua LaRock Master drawing: Learn to put aside assumed ideas of what you are looking at, and...