8 Painting Websites and Resources

A simple search on the internet does not always do the trick when it comes to finding great painting websites and resources for the art student.  Often, “gems” of resources are hard to find – buried deep in the search engine results.

To save some time and effort for you, I have compiled 8 of the best painting resources that I’ve come across recently.  (Of course, don’t forget that there are plenty of free painting tutorials right here on this site – thevirtualinstructor.com.)  A few of the websites are provided  for inspiration, while a few more are on the list for their free and paid tutorials and resources.

I hope that they help you out with your painting endeavors…

Oil Painting Websites

For Inspiration…
Oil Painters of America
Oil Painters of America

Oil Painters of America is a society of painters that are focused on representational art.  This site is the official website of the organization.  Take the time to look around this site and you’ll find an information-packed blog, links to educational resources, a gallery locator, and even a critique service.   This site is a great place to find some inspiration for your next oil painting!

Oil and Acrylic

Techniques and Tutorials…
Richard Robinson
Live Painting Classes

This site features a few free video lessons, under “Free Stuff”.   But the truly great stuff can be found in the workshops.  He truly has a unique approach to teaching painting.  The workshops are a four step approach which include a painting challenge, a demonstration, and a critique of some of his students’ work.  (Be sure to check out the “far out” testimonials.)

Techniques and Tutorials…
DG Oil Painting Techniques
DG Oil Painting Techniques

This site is the blog of David Gray who is a professional oil painter.  Take a look at his gallery and it becomes clear that this guy has some serious skill.  He shares his passion for his craft in his blog which features some of his techniques and even some of his struggles.

Tutorials and Techniques…
Bill Martin’s Guide to Oil Painting
Bill Martin's Guide to Oil Painting

Bill Martin was a world-renown artist that passed away in 2008.  His lessons are now left behind for us to study thanks to this site.  Be sure to check out “Oil Painting Exercises”.  These simple tutorials are great for those just starting out with oils.

Watercolor Painting Websites

Tutorials and Techniques…
John Lovett
John Lovett Watercolor Techniques

John Lovett is an artist and a teacher.  He has a few paid tutorials on his site, but he also features several great free resources here too.  Search under “Lessons” for the free step by step demos.  My favorite is “Paris with Gesso Glazes”

Tutorials and Techniques…
WatercolorPainting.com
Watercolor Painting

This site features excellent step by step demonstrations.  Look under “Tutorials” and you’ll find resources categorized into “Basic Watercolor Skills”, Advanced Skills 1″ and “Advanced Skills 2”.  This site is a great resource for those just starting in watercolor as well as those who already have gotten their “feet wet”.

Acrylic Painting Websites

For Inspiration…
The International Society of Acrylic Painters
International Society of American Painters

This site has a great collection of excellent acrylic paintings.  Just look under “Exhibitions” and scroll down to the Online Shows.  The acrylic work is sure to get you inspired.

Tutorials and Techniques…
Will Kemp Art School
Will Kemp Art School Acrylic Lessons

This site has more than just acrylic tutorials, but the “Acrylics” section is extensive.  Quite a few of the tutorials include videos too.  It’s worth a look.  Will Kemp is an excellent teacher as well.

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  • Gustavo Woltmann

    Thanks for taking the time to compile and post the list. I was looking for acrylic painting tutorials, and Painting Lessons seems to be the right place. Gustavo Woltmann