Beginner Oil Painting

Oil painting is one of the most exciting, expressive mediums you can choose to paint with. Learning all that goes into oil painting can be exciting and challenging, because there is a lot to learn. Fortunately you have come to Artist Daily, where you will find easy and straightforward instruction on how to begin as an oil painter with basic techniques, helpful tips, and more.

Beginner Oil: Oil Painting Materials: The Basics

Oil Painting Techniques for Beginners Pigments and mediums Oil paint is pigment suspended in oil, usually linseed oil. Painters thin oil paints by adding either more oil or a solvent, such as turpentine–or a mixture of both. In addition to linseed, artists use walnut, poppy seed, and safflower oils when painting. Each has its merits,…

Beginner Oil: How to set up a Still Life

Arranging the objects in a still life painting can be as challenging—and enjoyable—as painting the subject matter. Here we offer advice from several still life painters on how to create a visually stimulating setup. Blackware, Papaya, and Melon, by Ellen Buselli, 2007, oil on linen, 10 x 14. All artwork this article private collection. by…

Beginner Oil: Getting the Most out of your Materials

For those just starting out, the cost of art materials can be a hindrance to fully exploring different media. However, there are many ways one can prolong the life and maximize the use of various tools, so you can spend a little and get a lot. by Naomi Ekperigin Daisies on Rice Paper, by Kathi…

Beginner Oil: A Guide to Entering Art Competitions

Entering one’s work in art competitions can be intimidating, and many find it difficult to choose the best venue for sharing their art with an audience. However, there is more to be gained from entering competitions than prizes and awards. by Naomi Ekperigin As one develops as an artist, it is important to find a…

Beginner Oil: How to prepare a canvas for an oil painting

The method for preparing a canvas varies from artist to artist. This is primarily because there are several options to choose from in every phase of preparation. Here, we outline the choices available so that you can confidently begin to know how to paint. by Naomi Ekperigin The method for preparing a canvas varies from…

Beginner Oil: Options for Oil Painters

The vast array of materials and tools available to artists can make it difficult to determine which is best for rendering a certain subject. Even a traditional oil painter has a wealth of options and can choose from alkyds, water-soluble oils, and traditional oils. Each has its own benefits, which we outline here. by Naomi…

Beginner Oil: Setting up for Plein Air painting

The joy and excitement of plein air painting is worth the extra effort required to paint comfortably outside. Here, we address common problems and experiences artists face when first working outdoors. by Naomi Ekperigin Since the 19th century, artists have enjoyed the freedom of painting en plein air, and for many it is a staple…

Beginner Oil: Learning to paint safely

Many artists should have knowledge of the safety and health hazards associated with certain media as well as the precautions necessary to avoid these dangers. Here we offer several tips and techniques to help artists avoid the risks associated with prolonged painting. by Naomi Ekperigin To create art that reflects an artist’s vision and message,…

Beginner Oil: Recommended Books for a Beginning Artists

From the thousands of art-instruction books available, we offer a list of those that have proven beneficial to new artists. by Naomi Ekperigin There are many options available for artists wishing to improve their skills. However, the price and time commitment required for private or group classes may be daunting for a new artist. Fortunately,…

Beginner Oil: Determining the focal point of a painting

Deciding where to place the elements in a painting can be difficult, but the decisions are crucial to creating a successful piece. by Naomi Ekperigin Deciding where to place the elements in a painting can be difficult, but the decisions are crucial to creating a successful piece. When a composition is done well, it may…

Beginner Oil: Paintbrush care

The two most important aspects of taking proper care of oil painting paintbrushes are storage and cleaning. by Bob Bahr An example of a bright brush. Photo courtesy Loew-Cornell. Storing Brushes Always store your brushes flat. It’s best if they are stored so the hairs don’t touch other brushes. Never let paintbrushes sit in water…

Beginner Oil: Color Theory, The Basics

We offer a color theory guide to assist novice painters. by Bob Bahr A painter can mix nearly every color with just three pigments. Exact hues vary from one manufacturer to the next, but an artist could go far with any company’s Indian yellow, naphthol red, and ultramarine blue. Color WheelComplementary colors reside directly opposite…