Oil Painting

Tons of lessons on oil painting for beginners. I been teaching students how to use oil paints for 2 decades now! It’s recommended that you have some prior drawing experience before attempting to learn how to oil paint. Oil painting has been one of my lifelong passions and areas of expertise so some of the lessons can really go deeply into detail. Enjoy!

Oiling Out

Oiling Out

Why oiling out can improve the colors in your oil painting and why artists might need to use this technique in your oil painting layers.

Oil Painting Surfaces

Oil Painting Surfaces

With plentiful options, picking an oil painting surface to create that next masterpiece can be tricky. Today we figure out the best surface for oil painting depending on your own artistic needs and capabilities.

Balancing a Handheld Palette

Balancing a Handheld Palette

If you make a wooden palette or buy one available from your art supply store you might find that it is not quite balanced on your forearm and wrist. Today I’ll show you how you can make a counterbalance for your handheld palette to make holding the palette way more comfortable!

Oil Painting for Beginners

Oil Painting for Beginners

Looking for some beginner oil painting tips?  The following is a comprehensive oil painting tutorial which will help novices make sense of the various oil painting materials and techniques.  Which thinner to use? What are mediums for?  How to clean my brushes?  It’s all here!

Mastering Oil Painting:  10 Ways I Became A Better Painter

Mastering Oil Painting:  10 Ways I Became A Better Painter

There was a time when I felt I had mastered painting values, compositions and had developed a fairly routine painting process.  Actually I had hit a painting plateau and wasn’t really getting better at oil painting.  I was good but not good enough.  Mastering painting required me to work through some problems, many I was…

Why I Stopped Painting With Liquin

Why I Stopped Painting With Liquin

I found a painting medium I like much better and I’ll be laying out all my reasons for the recent shift in my painting. It Was Love At First Stroke For those of you not familiar with Liquin, it is a paint additive for oil paints made by the Windsor & Newton paint company. Liquin…

The Best Way to Store Thinner While Oil Painting

The Best Way to Store Thinner While Oil Painting

In this free online painting lesson I’ll introduce you to my favorite  way of storing and using a thinner for your oil paints. You need a solvent (thinner) for oil painting but most containers you might think to use are not a good choice for use with your painting as they promote waste of the…

Choosing an Oil Painting Thinner

Choosing and oil painting thinner can be confusing.  With so many options how is a beginner artist to know which materials to thin oil paint with?  In today’s free video I’ll review four different thinner solvents you can use to thin out your oil paints and clean your oil painting brushes.

Direct Painting vs. Indirect Painting

If you had to break down all of the painting approaches out there you could group these techniques into two categories: Direct painting and Indirect painting. The two separate approaches are found throughout all the different painting media; watercolor, oils, acrylics, water-soluble oils, tempera, latex, gouache, inks, you name it.