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. […]

Was Jackson Pollock the Greatest Painter of the 20th Century?

Was Jackson Pollock the greatest painter of the 20th century? Was his work the pinnacle of achievement of the modernist painters of his time? These questions strike at the heart of post-modernism. And answering them may never be an easy task for any art historian. Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming and moved to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 6 Ways to Create Texture in Oil Painting

Have you ever wanted to experiment and create texture in oil painting? If you want to create texture in oil painting, this can be a challenge as there as so many options from which to choose. Oil color, with its mediums, lends well to glazing techniques with a smooth varnished finish. However, there are a large […]

Should You Use Black? For the Serious Oil Painter, It Is a Serious Question

Should you use black in your oil painting color palette?  Since I began oil painting, it has been a hotly debated subject among serious artists. Even as early as 5 years ago when I took a portrait painting class at the Art Students’ League of New York,  a very well-known and respected teacher asked the class if using black […]

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