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Oil Painting Lessons

Learn how to paint with oils.
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Oil Painting Mastery
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19 Lessons | 3 Hours | 17 Ebooks

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 Painting Master Series - Introduction
An introduction to the video series, "Oil Painting Master Series".
Oil Painting Materials Part 1
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A look at preparing a support for painting. Concepts include stretching a canvas, applying gesso, and preparing panel.
Oil Painting Master Series - Materials Part 2
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A look at preparing a palette, creating your own oil paint from pigment, and the brushes that are typically used for oil painting.
Oil Painting Master Series - Pre-Painting Fundamentals
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A look at adding paint to a palette, arranging warm and cool primaries, mixing secondaries, and using medium.
How to blend oil paint lesson
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A look at isolating values in a painting and using the "stitch method" to blend smooth transitions of tone.
How to glaze with oil paints
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A look at adding glazes to an underpainting.
Oil Painting Lesson - Wet into Wet
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A look at the painting technique known as "wet into wet".
Non-Traditional Painting
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A look at non-objective painting and using non-traditional tools and materials to apply oil paint to a support.
How to paint basic forms with oils
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Learn how to blend oil paint in this full length recorded Live Lesson on painting basic forms (cone, sphere, cylinder, and a cube).
The Interactive Color Wheel
Learn color theory the easy and fun way with The Interactive Color Wheel.
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


How to paint a portrait with oils
Learn how to paint a representational portrait on panel with oils. Add glazes to bring warmth to the painting.
How to paint a realistic eye with oils
Learn how to paint a realistic eye with water mixable oil paints.
Underpainting with oil paints
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A look at creating an underpainting in which values and subjects are blocked in quickly.
Painting on a toned ground with oils
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A look at the advantages to painting on a toned surface.
Portrait Study Part 1
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Part one of a portrait sketch demonstration.  In this tutorial, the portrait is drawn using thinned oil paint.
Portrait Sketch Part 2
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Part two of a portrait sketch demonstration.  In this tutorial, the portrait sketch is completed by applying layers of mixed skin tones.
Oil portrait lesson
Learn the basics of oil portraiture in this free painting lesson video.

LANDSCAPE


Knife Painting with Oils
Learn how to paint with painting knives in this video in which a landscape painting is created.
Knife Painting with Oils Live Lesson
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Paint a landscape in oils using painting knives in this recorded live lesson.
Painting Clouds with Oils
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A look at painting simple clouds in an oil landscape.
Impressionist Approach to Oil Painting
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A look at approaching a painting as an "Impressionist" by making bold applications of color and textures in order to capture light within a scene.

ANIMALS


Oil Painting Lesson - Snowy Oil
Paint a Snowy Owl with oils in this lesson that incorporates a complementary color scheme.
Create a loose painting of a white cow in just under one hour in this lesson.

STILL LIFE


Oil Painting Lesson - Candy
Create a small oil painting of a piece of wrapped candy in this lesson.
Oil Painting Lesson Series
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Learn how to paint a still life painting with oils in this six-part series of recorded live lessons.
Digital Oil Painting
A step by step walk-through of the creation of a digital oil painting using Adobe Photoshop.
Water Mixable Oil Paints Lesson Series
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Learn how to paint with water mixable oil paints in this series of recorded live lessons.
Direct painting with oil paints
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A look at adding paint to the surface using premixed hues and values.
How to paint cloth with oils
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A look at finding geometric shapes in cloth and directly painting cloth from observation.
Alla Prima Painting with Oils
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Paint a still life in one sitting using a wet into wet approach (Alla Prima).
Knife Painting with oils
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This tutorial looks at applying heavy applications of oil paint with a painting knife in order to create a textured painting surface.
How to paint glass with oil paints
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A look at painting transparency with oil paint.  A glass of water is demonstrated in this module.
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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.