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



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
Welcome back to another FREE eGuide Saturday here at EmptyEasel! Today, four very talented artists have come together to share their own personal tips and techniques for creating gorgeous floral artwork. The resulting guide—Creating Flowers in Mixed Media—is available exclusively at. . . read more
Buying art materials can get pricey—and soft pastels are no exception—but if you’re looking for ways to save some money, take a minute to read this article first! Knowing which shortcuts to avoid will help save your artwork (and your money) in the long run. Let’s get started.. . . read more
Recently I’ve had several conversations with other artists about dry pastels, and found that many of them think pastels are a fairly difficult medium to use, due to their “permanent” nature. While it’s true that the bright pigments of soft pastels are durable and long-lasting,. . . read more
The painted portrait is just as popular today as it has been all throughout history. From the Mona Lisa to the self-portrait you probably created in painting class, portraits are everywhere. I’ve painted my own share of portraits, and have found that injecting a little fun into this. . . read more
White tulips are beautiful, delicate and a joy to paint. . . but the trick to painting them is understanding that many colors are used to make something appear white. (Luckily, that’s also the fun part!) Follow along as I take you through my steps to paint these gorgeous white tulips.. . . read more
I’ve always been fascinated by encaustic art and the eerie, soft look of it. All those layers of wax are incredibly intriguing, and up until recently, were a complete mystery to me as to how they were created. Just to give you an example, here’s a close-in detail of an encaustic piece. . . read more
One of the joys of opening a new box of soft pastels is seeing the brilliant contrast of colors. And among all those other, brighter hues, you’ll also see that tempting stick of black pastel. While many pastel artists avoid using black pastel altogether, black pastel can enhance your. . . read more
The longer I paint with watercolors, the more I find that I love the interaction of paint and water. So instead of trying to control every aspect of a piece, I like to let these elements add to the process and the painting itself. While not as predictable or tidy as other painting methods,. . . read more
Today I’m going to show you how to paint gorgeous, luminous roses in a realistic way, using watercolor paint and glazing techniques. Before we begin, however, let’s talk supplies. Assemble your paint, brushes, and paper You can use any brand of paint that you like, but I’m. . . read more
Today I’m going to demonstrate the “color wheel method” of painting for watercolor artists. I will be using the light and dark values inherent to the colors in my palette to create value and form in a simple still life painting of an orange. While other painting mediums (like oil. . . read more



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