Painting Tutorials: Learn How to Become a Better Painter using Oil Paints



Today I want to share a fun painting technique that works well with watercolors and—actually—almost any other media! You’ll need some gouache or tempera paint (which is water soluble) plus India ink (which is waterproof). Combine those mediums with watercolors, and you can easily. . . read more
The following scene was sketched while on holiday in Suffolk, sitting on the village green overlooking some wonderful wonky houses and a general store with a very low lintel—hence the name of the store and painting, Duck or Grouse Village Store. Later, for my studio painting, I decided to. . . read more
If your life is anything like mine, you probably don’t have the opportunity to do art as much as you’d like. Maybe you’ve worked out a schedule that gives you an hour or two every day, or (more likely) a few hours once or twice a week. Or maybe you have plenty of time in. . . read more
One of the joys of painting with mixed-media is the freedom to create unique textures and patterns in your backgrounds. While it’s tempting to buy the expensive products from your local art supplier, doing so can get pricey—especially when you’re just looking to experiment. So if you. . . read more
Nowadays, nearly everyone carries a lot of stuff, all the time. Which means we’re always finding new ways to carry that stuff. . . and the bigger the solution, the better. Well, not always. Not for artists, anyway. Sometimes you have to pack light especially if you’re on a. . . read more
As a watercolorist, I’ve been painting since the mid ’80′s. New techniques come and go but here’s one I’ve been perfecting for a while. I call it “black outline art” and use it to create a kind of stained glass appearance in watercolor paintings. I. . . read more
Welcome to the fifth article in my series on the classical painting method known as the Flemish Method. Used by 16th and 17th century Flemish masters, this method allows artists to develop paintings through the following seven stages: 1. Drawing 2. Imprimatura 3. Umber Underpainting 4. Dead. . . read more
Welcome to the fourth article in my latest series describing the classic Flemish Method of painting. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll probably want to read each of the previous articles in this series (listed in order below) so that you’re all caught up. So far. . . read more
I’m a watercolorist and have been painting since the mid 80′s. One of the hardest concepts to grasp as a beginner was WHY I would want to stretch watercolor paper. For a little background, my very first watercolor class was at a craft store. That instructor didn’t bother to. . . read more
Today I’ll be continues my current series exploring the Flemish method of painting. In my first article, I demonstrated how to draw the composition, ink it, and add the imprimatura layer. My second article described painting the umber layers. The next step in the Flemish method is the. . . read more
In my first article describing the Flemish method of painting, I talked about the first step of the process, including the drawing, inking, and the imprimatura. Today, I’ll describe the umber layers (steps 2 and 3). For reference, here are all seven steps: 1. An imprimatura 2. First. . . read more
The method of painting I’ll be describing in this series is based on the methods of Flemish Masters of the 16th and 17th centuries; painters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck. This method develops a painting from a detailed drawing through seven stages to the completed. . . read more
Welcome back to EmptyEasel everyone! This Saturday we’re helping to give away a ton of FREE downloadable copies of Antonella Avogadro’s Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor, available right now at Craftsy. Use the link above to go directly and get your own copy, or. . . read more
One amazing feature of the pastel medium is the contrast you can get using its brilliant colors against a neutral or dark background. Want to capture the mystery of a picturesque night scene? Pastels are a great way to go! Here is a step-by-step guide for anyone who’d like to create a. . . read more



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