Learn Painting

Introduction

So you want to learn oil painting? I prepared this comprehensive guide to help you on your journey.

Oil paints are one of the most popular artistic mediums and for good reason. They are versatile, archival and economical.

But oil painting can be a struggle to pick up. There are some “rules” you need to be aware of and the techniques can take some time to become familiar with.

This guide covers most of the fundamental areas of oil painting to get you started.

Why Oil Painting?

Why would you use oil paints over some of the other alternatives like acrylics or watercolors? Here are some reasons:

  • They are versatile. You can vary the drying time and consistency of your paint dramatically using paint thinners and additional oil. This allows you to work with a wide range of painting techniques, including blending, glazing and scumbling.
  • They were favored by the all-time greats of painting. It is hard to argue the downside of using oil paints when so many amazing artists used them to such success.
  • Oil paintings seem to be held in higher regard by art collectors compared to acrylic paintings (there are some exceptions to this of course).

You really cannot go wrong with oil paints. If you are just starting out with painting, I suggest you jump straight into oil painting unless you really want to practice acrylics or watercolors.

If you think oil painting is too complex for you, then I urge you to reconsider. There are really only a few “rules” which you need to understand in oil painting (discussed later in this post) and the rest is pretty straightforward.

Oil Painting Supplies

Here is a basic set of oil painting supplies and equipment:

  • A range of small to large paintbrushes designed for oil painting. Hog hair and decent synthetic brushes are great for oil painting. You should read my guide here on artist paint brushes for more information.
  • An easel.
  • A palette.
  • A basic palette of paints (discussed below).
  • A surface to paint on (discussed below).
  • Odorless solvent.
  • Linseed oil.
  • Paper towel (for wiping your brushes).

Welcome to the Art Class

Beginner: Beginner class includes lessons involving learning the basics like layers, tone, color, pattern and texture.

Mature: Mature level is one step after the beginner level. It involves learning more advanced skill around creating shapes, shadows and textures.

Expert: Expert level includes learning advanced painting techniques and details. After completing the expert level you will receive a certificate of completion by  “Rosalind Arts”.

Recommended for Kids and Newbies

Beginner

$100
Duration: 4 Weeks

Features

  • 1 Canvas 12" x 12", 2 Paint brushes
  • Choosing colors and brush strokes
  • A practical example with me
  • In person Art class
  • Online Interactive classes
  • 1 on 1 learning through zoom, gotomeeting, etc.
  • Basics Like layers of line, tone, color, pattern and texture
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Recommended

Mature

$200
Duration: 4 Weeks

Features

  • 1 Canvas 12" x 12", 2 Paint brushes
  • A step ahead of basics with practical painting on the canvas
  • Choosing colors and brush strokes
  • A practical example with me
  • Inperson Art Class
  • Online Interactive classes
  • 1 on 1 learning through zoom, gotomeeting, etc.
Count Me in

Expert

$300
Duration: 4 Weeks

Features

  • 1 Canvas 12" x 12", 2 paint brushes
  • A step ahead of mature with practical painting on the canvas
  • Choosing colors and brush strokes
  • A practical example with me
  • Inperson Art Class
  • Online Interactive classes
  • 1 on 1 learning through zoom, gotomeeting, etc.
  • Certification of Completion
Count Me in