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



For some people, planning your next abstract artwork comes easy. . . for others, it can be torturous. And even the best artists get stuck once in a while! If you’re feeling like you just can’t get started on your next abstract piece, here are several methods I use to jumpstart my. . . read more
One of the beautiful characteristics of soft pastels is the way they can be manipulated to create soft, smeared effects when painting. Today I’ll be sharing my own step-by-step method of using soft pastels, with an emphasis on smudging. NOTE: “Smearing” is also commonly known as. . . read more
If you’re like most artists, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it is to apply a good varnish finish to your paintings. (I’m no exception!) But lately I’ve found a system that works for me, and makes it possible to create a 100% perfect finish at all viewing. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and reducing the price to $14.99 for EmptyEasel readers through June 30th, 2015. All links included in this article are affiliate links, and help support EmptyEasel.com; any. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find their own place to live. That’s what a picture frame is, to my way of thinking—a home for the painting. The basic function of a frame is to keep the. . . read more
I’ve always enjoyed making my own stamps (which I use in many of my mixed media pieces) so today I thought it would be fun to demonstrate my process, and explain exactly how easy it is. The video below starts off by listing all the materials you’ll need, and then gives. . . read more
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



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