Oil Painting Lessons

Learn how to paint with oils.
No other painting medium is better suited for blending than oils. The slower drying times allow artists to work colors and values until they are accurate. Changes are easily made and control is firmly in the hands of the artist. A variety of mediums with an equally broad range of possibilities are available, making oils a medium of choice for artists producing work from modern abstraction to classical realism.

Oil Painting Course
Oil Painting Master Series

A complete course on oil painting - designed for beginners.

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OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES


How to choose the right paint brush
Everything you need to know about paint brushes. Brush hair types, shapes, marks, and parts are all covered in this video, comprehensive guide, and infographic.
Oil paint - general information
General information about oil painting can be found in this free painting lesson including brush types, surfaces, and traditional techniques.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


LANDSCAPE


Knife Painting with Oils
Learn how to paint with painting knives in this video in which a landscape painting is created.

ANIMALS


STILL LIFE


Digital Oil Painting
A step by step walk-through of the creation of a digital oil painting using Adobe Photoshop.
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More On Oils...

Oil painting once dominated the world of artistic painting when it comes to choice of medium.  Oils have stood the test of time and are still a preferred choice of painting medium for many artists. 

Oil paints are slow to dry, which allows the artist to work areas in a painting for a long period of time. This can be viewed as an advantage, but also a disadvantage if the desire of the artist is to cover areas of color in a short period of time.  (Drying mediums are available that can speed up the drying times of oil paints to help with this.)  Oils can be used on just about any surface.  The most popular surfaces for oil painting include canvas and panel.