Color Charts in Oil

Creating color charts (on canvas panel or gesso board) with the basic oil colors can help you practice and see the fundamental nuance and richness of paint. Much better than buying a large assortment of colors – you can create them yourself. The colors you will need for the following charts are what I have … More Color Charts in Oil

Intro to Oil 1.2

The next step in progressing with our black and white underpainting (grisaille) is to wait until the grisaille is dry to the touch, and then layer thinly (or “glaze”) a warm and cool “first color pass” overlay. This will effectively start to warm and cool the highlights as well as lighter warm areas, and all … More Intro to Oil 1.2

Master Painting Copy

Copying a Master painting is a project we are doing with my beginning oil painting students, in order to better understand how the Masters developed composition, form in space, color and value. Start with a good quality reproduction, with the intention of enlarging it somewhat (no larger than @16 x 20″) or copying it the … More Master Painting Copy

Animal Skull

This is the second project my Intro to Oil Painting students do, on an 11 x 16″ canvas, using a limited palette and an animal skull as still life. Strong spot light is used, with a darkened space (black box) in which to place the object so that we can see better contrast. Initially, a … More Animal Skull