|George Carlson and Boy with Eagle
by David A. Leffel, 1991, oil, 42 x 34.
I’ve always prided myself on learning good technique when faced with any new skill, and doing this has definitely made a difference. That goes for when I was learning to dance, swim, draw, or paint in oil. Art techniques were always especially rewarding to tackle this way, because once you grasp the basics of how to see as a painter or draftsman, the entire “life of the mind” seems to open up. You observe space and objects differently and evaluate what is in front of you with an artistic sensibility. Then you can accelerate in your abilities and learn more complex techniques more easily.
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The best oil-painting instruction lies in responding to the abstract qualities of a fine-art oil-painting composition—light, shadow, values, edges, color, texture, and space. But it also involves simple nuts-and-bolts methods on how to start an oil painting, how to simplify forms, and how to create a strong composition. In Oil Painting Techniques From Artist Daily: How to Prep Your Oil Art Canvas and Create a Focal Point, all these bases are covered! So that you can brush up on the foundational skills every painter should have and learn from Leffel as well, whose process connect him to a long line of artists such as Rembrandt and Van Dyck, all of whom shared a similar preoccupation with the fundamentals of painting.
I’ll admit that I love learning new things, because every occasion is a chance to test myself and I find that kind of challenge spurs me on. When I started to learn oil painting techniques like those discussed in Oil Painting Techniques From Artist Daily: How to Prep Your Oil Art Canvas and Create a Focal Point, it was enlightening, because there are practical solutions to oil painting that artists and beginners alike will respond to, but tons of inspiration that date back to the Old Masters. Enjoy your free copy of Oil Painting Techniques by downloading now!
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