Oil Painting Basics

Tools And Materials Needed For Oil Painting

Tools and materials needed for oil painting can be very expensive so it is best that in the beginning, you buy just the essential and add the other things you need in time. Oil Colors Oil colors are sold mostly in tubes and come in two options professional or artist...

Oil Painting Underpainting-Step By Step

The usual way to start an oil painting is to cover the main shapes, mass and tone of the composition with a diluted neutral color before you add main details and surface colors and textures. Before you start painting you should create an image of how the painting will...

Dry Brush Painting Technique

Dry brush painting technique is a technique in which a painter uses a dry brush to ad very thick paint to the canvas. The paint penetrates into the weaving of the canvas leaving a fluffy trace that can be used to depict texture and details. For example, if you are...
Painting With Green Oil Colors

Painting With Green Oil Colors

Very often green is the most used color in the landscapes. It can vary tremendously from almost blue to yellow. Before you start mixing the colors I advise you to go and observe the landscape you plan to paint in order to compare the green colors on it. For example,...

Impasto Painting Technique With Oil Colors

Impasto Painting Technique With Oil Colors

When oil color is intentionally added in thick layers so it has visible brush strokes and ridges that is called impasto painting technique. This technique is often used in painting Alla Prima. Three dimensional quality of the impasto technique is used for forming and...

Painting With Oil Colours On Toned Surface

Painting With Oil Colours On Toned Surface

Once primmed board or canvas can be painted over with a thin coat of diluted colour using a rag or a brush. That kind of a surface is called toned surface. Toning of the surface has two purposes first it helps you diminish the whiteness of the canvas or the board...

Painting Alla Prima With Oil Colours

Painting Alla Prima With Oil Colours

Alla Prima is an Italian expression which can be translated as first hand. Painting Alla Prima is a technique in which you finish your painting quickly in one session which is different from the traditional painting which is adding layers of paint in a longer period...

How To Paint The Sky With Oil Colours

How To Paint The Sky With Oil Colours

When painting the landscapes the sky is the element that defines the mood of your painting because it is the main source of light on it. Therefore it is very important to treat the sky as the basic element of the landscape and not just as the background. While...

Painting Of Trees With Oil Colors

Painting Of Trees With Oil Colors

In landscapes, trees are usually seen from the distance so it is more important capturing the form and shape of the tree then to concentrate on the details like leaves and small branches. Try to define the silhouette of a specific tree you are painting since each has...