Tag: Oilblog

The Sulphur Match by Sargent, oil painting.

Painting Through Thick and Thin

There is an enormous amount of information out there on the various methods for applying oil paint to canvas, but it seems to boil down to three schools of thought: thin painting, thick painting, or a combination of the two. The Thins, Thicks and Combiners each have their own icons and avid school of followers.…

Why Are Brush Sizes as Confusing as a Currency Converter?

How does brush sizing work and where do you start? Have you every ordered some new brushes online, feeling pretty confident they’ll be the perfect size for your latest oil on canvas creation? After all you spent all afternoon researching them. Only to then be bitterly disappointed when the painting supplies arrive? Choosing painting supplies…

Be Kind — Starting with Yourself

As an artist, it’s good to know how to critique yourself and your painting techniques — and that’s the key element: HOW to critique yourself. Stride into that studio of yours and take control of analyzing and critiquing your own work. Cadence by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art. This type of “critique” when…

How Artists Use Facial Expressions to Lure Us into Their Worlds

They say when infants (or young children) fall down, they look up to their mother or father, to see how she or he reacts. More often than not, a parent will have an anxious and frightened facial expression–"Oh no, my baby is hurt!"–which, in turn, causes the child to cry. Yet, if the parent is…

Toning Your Canvas

A few weeks ago I had a studio session with Lea Colie Wight, a great painter who had a really lovely tone to her oil painting surface that many of us loved and wanted to know more about. I wanted to share that info with you! Canvas Toning Process The tone of the oil painting…

Do It Yourself — Building Your Own Stretcher Bar Frames

In the first article of this series, Creating Your Own Stretched Canvases, I introduced you to a video overview of the process by fine artist Steve Henderson, who has been creating and building his own stretched canvases for years, with a strong eye on quality and craftsmanship. Oil Paintings are created to last, and no…

Doubt of a Shadow

Oil Painting Elements–The Shadow Shadows are very important in defining the form of any object, but they are often the least understood and most difficult element to master in painting. Most importantly, shadows must have transparency, or light in them, to be effective. Going by the old rule, “warm light casts cool shadows; cool light…

Building a Career for the Long Term

My painting, Fate, was given an honor award at the 2011 Portrait Society of America International Competition. For the Portrait Society of America Conference in Atlanta a couple of years ago, I was invited to participate in a panel on Professionalism, Leadership, and Service. I was asked to speak to “Building a Career for the…

Feel Its Rough and Smooth Surfaces

It's the strangest thing. As I have said before, when I started taking art classes so many years ago, I really did not like still life painting. Now I love it, finding objects with which I connect and arranging them. There can be something almost zen about the compositional process with still life art. The…