OIL PAINTING BASICS
Painting with oil colours can seem very demanding for most beginners but it is also a technique I find to be the most fulfilling and satisfying way to express yourself as an artist. Once you learn the basics you will see all the rest is just your imagination.
There are many reasons why one should learn how to draw. First of all, drawing is a source of great pleasure. Drawings and sketches are much better than photographs when used as a mean to create a painting. The most important is that drawing allows us to develop our visual consciousness helping us look at the world surrounding us in a different inquisitive way.
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