Category Archives: Oil Painting Tips


Thumbnails, The Key to Better Painting and Drawing

Art Tip Using Thumbnails for Planning Compositions     Thumbnails are small quick sketches. These sketches aren’t to record details, forms or depth they are for planning out the elements of your compositions and designs. […]

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Six More Plein Air Painting Tips

More Plein Air Painting Tips   Painting outdoors has many benefits as well as many challenges. Below are six tips that will help you be successful as you plein air paint. Practice these as you […]

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Six Plein Air Painting Tips

Six Tips for Painting Outdoors in the Landscape AKA Plein Air Painting 1. Take Only What You Need When painting outdoors you want to take only the necessary items. The fewer paints, brushes, paint thinner, […]

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Improve Your Painting, Avoid 5 Common Mistakes

  5 Ways to Improve Your Paintings, Mistakes to Avoid 1. Not Covering the Entire Canvas with Paint before Finishing off Areas You can’t see the value and color relationships in a painting unless all […]

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Oil Painting: How to Buy the Right Colors

Why is Buying Oil Paints So Confusing If you have ever had a to buy oil paints, gone to the art store and found yourself  staring at the paints wondering why so few have the […]

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Painting Techniques and Tips: It’s all About the Angle

Direct Painting and All Prima Painting Insights When painting no matter how long you have done it it’s always best to remember the basics. Sometimes this doesn’t happen either because you are just learning and […]

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Oil Painting, Extended Color Palette

Sometimes More Is More Painting with a Larger Palette   As many of you who have read my blog or taken my classes know I normally encourage students to use a limited palette of colors. […]

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Mixing Colors: Tinting Strength

Mixing Colors: Tinting Strength of Colors All colors have a different tinting strength. For instance on our palette yellow have the least tinting strength you will need  more yellow(about 2/3 more than red to get […]

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Using Black and White a Cautionary Tale

   How to Use Black and White in Oil Painting     One thing that happens with mixing paint is people reach for white or black too quickly when they are mixing colors. The biggest […]

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