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



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
Soft pastels are easy to blend, mix, and apply, and are a great dry medium when you need to work quickly or paint outdoors. They require no brushes, water, or blending mediums, and their brilliant colors create beautiful, bright works of art. Unfortunately, pastels can also be quite messy to. . . read more
When I teach my Introduction to Oil Painting classes, I always begin by having my students paint a grayscale. If you haven’t been using a gray scale to check your values when painting, I strongly suggest painting your own. Pre-made ones are fine too, but painting your own is better,. . . read more
A few years ago my boyfriend introduced me to this great fish place in Newport Beach called The Crab Cooker. It’s a bright red corner family restaurant, and it’s been there since 1951. (They have fantastic fish selections by the way!) I took a few photos while we were there because I. . . read more
Wine bottles are one of my favorite still life subjects to paint, primarily because they come in a variety of colors and have a beautiful shape that pairs well with almost anything. Here are the steps I use when painting colored wine bottles (or any colored glass) with oil paints: 1. Set up. . . read more
Watercolor paint can be pure and lively or soft and watery—and no matter how you paint, it has several unique color qualities that make it different from other mediums. Furthermore, each manufacturer of watercolors is different, and will mark their paint colors with different codes (or. . . read more
Artist block—we all get it. Even though I love to paint still lifes, they can get boring, and there are times when I just need something to excite me and get me motivated to paint. If that happens to you too, here are 4 things I do to switch up my still lifes and get [...]. . . read more
While it may seem as though you can buy a tube of watercolor paint in every imaginable color, the best way to simplify your life while painting is to learn to mix your own colors from the primaries. Not only can you create any color you want from just a few tubes of red, yellow, [...]. . . read more
One of the joys of using the soft pastel medium is its versatility. I particularly like painting with my pastels on dark surfaces, rather than on traditional white surfaces, because of how well the colors stand out. Though it may be a bit more challenging at first, using black pastel paper as. . . read more
Mixed-media is a relatively easy way to get started creating your own paintings. It certainly takes the pressure off if you don’t have technical drawing or painting skills, or just prefer to collect fun images together rather than painting it all from scratch. I like working on canvas just. . . read more
Ever looked at a gorgeous floral still life and wished you could paint like that? Well here’s some good news—capturing the beauty of nature in vibrant acrylics may be easier than you think! Follow along with today’s tutorial to begin creating a brilliant floral piece just like. . . read more
In my last watercolor tutorial I demonstrated how to paint a flat wash, where a single color of paint is evenly and carefully applied across a large area. Today we’ll be looking at two more very important types of washes—graded washes and variegated washes. The graded wash A graded. . . read more



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