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Oil painting basics: 9 steps to be a professional oil painter, faster

Because Improvement Does Not Require Time, But The Right Knowledge.

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Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with a Flight of Ravens, Raphael’s Madonna of the Chair, Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Turban, Manet’s Nanà. You probably thought about these famous and wonderful paintings when you started painting in oil. This article is thought to help you learn oil panting basics, without wanting to burn the stages. Here you will find 9 valuable tips to start painting with oil colors like a professional painter, while avoiding making trivial mistakes. Oil painting basics - ArtGuilds

Oil painting basics: The 10 tips to improve faster


1 – Use Quality Oil Paints

Let’s start with the basics: not all oil colors are the same. This certainly doesn’t mean that you have to use the top-of-the-range colors, now that you are starting. You can’t learn to paint in a satisfying way with low quality colors. Our first advice is to buy a box of good quality oil paints, opting for well-known and appreciated brands such as Maimeri, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Sennelier, Schmincke and Winsor & Newton. So, you can start with a box that is not too expensive, and then integrate it with other colors in bulk, according to your taste. This is the best way to learn oil painting according to your beginner level. 

2 – Choose The Right Paintbrushes

Which are the best brushes for this technique? Not all brushes are good for oil painting. Those who have a good budget at their disposal should try the Kolinsky Marten brushes. Thanks to the fine marten hair with which they are made, these brushes are able to capture a lot of color, and then release it slowly. Anyway, those who want to save money can also use bristle brushes; Instead, in oil technique, ox hair brushes must to be excluded, but can be used with satisfaction by those who enjoy tempera and acrylics.

3 – Don’t Trust The Color in the Tubes

True painters use out-of-the-tube colors as they are, very rarely. Instead, the practically always use a mix of 2-3 colors together before putting anything on the canvas. Why? Painters can produce an endless amount of colors from a limited number of tubes The most numerous ranges of tube colors also include 120 different colors, but they don’t cover all the colors that exist in nature. Manufacturers prepare very saturated colors to allow painters to achieve satisfactory mixes. This means that the colors we buy are too saturated, they are too far from the colors we find in real life.


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