Understanding Quality in Artist Oil Paint Brands

Have you ever wondered why some artist oil paint brands are so expensive? Have you used cheaper artist oil paint brands and been disappointed with the results? Have you ever wondered what is the main difference between the high quality expensive artist oil paint brands and the low quality cheaper brands? These are excellent questions. […]

Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting (Part 2)

This blog is Part 2 in a series on Plein air landscape oil painting.  To see Part 1, click here: Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils. I call this phase of the painting the Setup. In this phase of the painting I am trying to establish the most important elements of the composition. I work […]

Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils (Part 1)

Plein air landscape painting in oils can be a lot of fun. I’ve been making oil paintings outdoors since I was a teenager. Even today, I love getting out in nature to paint.  I find most of my inspiring subjects come straight from the great outdoors. If you haven’t taken your oil paints and palette […]

8 Oil Painting Techniques for the Inquiring Artist

Have you been wanting to bring something new and edgy into your oil painting techniques? Have you thought about trying new oil painting techniques or approaches to applying the paint? Here are some ideas that are sure to breathe new life into your oil painting techniques toolbox. 1. Wet into wet Wet into wet is […]

Mastering the 7 Key Components of Value: How to Paint Like a Modern-Day Rembrandt

Are you ready to take your painting to the next level?  Are you ready to master the 7 key components of value?  Would you like to know the secrets of painting like a modern-day Rembrandt? If you are a beginning painter, practicing the ideas in this article will put you light years ahead on your […]

Gary Bolyer’s Top 7 How-to-Paint Blogs

Do you want your painting to totally kick-ass? Do you want to be a sexy art star? Then you must read these 7 art blogs that I have written. If you don’t know what I’ve been writing about lately, then you are just eating yesterday’s leftover tuna fish.  I’ll see you at the sandwich bar…..uh….maybe. […]

5 Ways to Create Great Abstract Paintings from Nature

“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.” –  Georgia O’Keeffe Nature has always been one of the favorite sources of inspiration for oil painters.  And abstract oil paintings that derive their inspiration from nature are often the most compelling. This […]

Do You Know These 5 Oil Painting Health Risks?

Do you know about the most common 5 oil painting health risks? Do you know how to best protect yourself, your family and pets, in the studio? We’ve all heard the saying, “A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  This is especially true when working with the toxic materials associated with oil […]

9 Top Oil Paints Rated for the Serious Oil Painter

Are you a serious oil painter and would like the top oil paints rated? Have you ever found yourself in front of the rows and rows of oil paints unable to decide which ones were best suited for you? Are you confused by the many manufacturers of oil paints and their claims? 9 Top Oil […]

3 Common Oil Painting Problems and How to Resolve Them

Have you ever had a problem in your oil painting such as cracking or dull finish? Have you had other oil painting problems and have not found any solutions? Oil painting is a pretty forgiving medium, but there are things that can go wrong and ruin your artwork if you aren’t aware of them. The […]

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