Tag Archives: Oil Painting

Perceptual Distortion

I don’t often work with oils, mainly because of the messiness involved in having canvases lying around that take ages to dry, but occasionally I get the chance to paint a portrait where I have the sitter available for several … Continue reading

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Texture

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of works by Monet or Van Gogh is the texture of their paintings.  You can see the brush strokes, the palette knife marks and the velocity of every painterly gesture, etched permanently … Continue reading

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Oil Painting With Baby Wipes

Every artist that works with oil paint knows that spills and smears happen and that having some of those moist baby-wipes in your kit is a very sensible precaution.  You know the ones.  They’re frequently used to clean messy baby … Continue reading

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Painting Furry Critters in Oils

Today I tried something I have never tried before.  I attempted to paint a portrait of my cat, from memory and from a picture of somebody else’s cat.  What provoked such a folly?  There was a painting day, run by … Continue reading

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How To Keep Your Colours Clean and Pristine

If you’re like me and you rely on using bright, luminescent colours in your paintings, one of the things that can work against you is when your colours inadvertently mix.  We’ve all accidentally mixed mud – that indistinct, dull, brownish … Continue reading

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Glazing Is Amazing

One of the techniques I love most in painting, but which takes a lot of time, because you have to wait for each layer to dry before you add the next, is glazing.  You can glaze well with oils, but … Continue reading

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Oil Painting Voodoo

A friend of mine asked me about oil painting this morning.  I’ve noticed something about oil painting.  There is a tremendous wall of mystique and voodoo that surrounds the whole practice of painting with oils.  People that don’t paint with … Continue reading

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