Top 6 Solvents for the Serious Oil Painter

Most solvents have common characteristics. They are liquids at room temperature. They are very volatile and produce vapors that can be inhaled or circulated by a ventilation system. Most solvents are flammable liquids, and because of the wide range of potential ingredients in solvents, you should always check the label and/or material safety data sheet […]

6 Color Schemes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever started a painting and then hours into it found yourself muddling around with the colors unsure which direction to go? Have you ever wanted a simple way to think about your color compositions? Are you still unsure about how to design color into the total concept of your oil painting? Here are 6 color schemes […]

Understanding Opacity, Transparency and Permanence for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever read on the back of a tube of paint and seen the permanence rating and wondered what it was or how to use that information?  Or have you ever wondered which colors make the best glazes?  Do you know which colors have the best opaque coverage? These are important questions for the serious […]

4 Keys to Understanding Alkyds in Oil Painting

What are alkyds in oil painting and why would you want to consider using them? Have you seen alkyds at your local hobby shop or online art store and have wondered if you should give them a try? I tried alkyds and with good success, so I thought I would share my experience and tell […]

2 Keys to Success Using Cadmium Reds and Yellows in Oil Painting

Have you ever been painting with either Cadmium Red or Cadmium Yellow and gotten frustrated because you couldn’t get the color mix right?  When it comes to mixing colors with the cadmium, they can be a little tricky. I have devised 2 strategies that can help you strengthen your oil painting when it comes to this difficult family in […]

Oil Painting on a Budget: How You Still Can Afford It

Are you an artist and would like some tips for oil painting on a budget? Would you like to cut your costs in oil painting without sacrificing any quality in the final product? Let’s face it, times are tough economically for everyone these days, not just for artists.  But if you are an artist who […]

3 Color Palettes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever given much thought to just how important your color palette really is? One of the most fun and satisfying aspects of oil painting is setting up your color palette and preparing your tools. This process really helps define who you are becoming as an artist, and what direction you will be taking. […]

Which White? For the Serious Artist, It is a Serious Question.

For the serious oil painter, it is a serious question: which white? There are several variations of white pigment to choose from in oil color. Moreover, some may have the same hue in common, but contain a different oil base that will significantly change the use of the paint. In all cases, choosing the whites […]

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