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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Matte and Glossy Finishes in Oil Painting

Do you love being able to manipulate the finish in oil painting, making it matte, glossy, or somewhere in-between? Do you understand the differences between matte and glossy finishes in oil painting? Understanding matte and glossy finishes in oil painting is easy once you grasp the basic principles. This article will help you understand matte and […]