Intro to Oil Painting: Part 1 – Basics

In part 1 of this oil painting tutorial, essential techniques, materials, and approaches to oil painting are thoroughly covered. Topics covered include all of the supplies: brushes, palette knives, oil paints, palettes, surfaces, and more. Safety hazards which include ventilation and disposal are explained in depth, as well as brush techniques, painting exercises and recommendations for how to get started. Discussion led by Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Owen Rival.

Video Walkthrough

  • Seeing oil paintings in person
  • Challenges of oil painting
  • Safety hazards
  • Protective gear
  • Ventilation
  • Disposal of solvents
  • Cotton rags
  • Toxic oil paint colors
  • Palettes
  • Oil paint colors
  • Strength of paint colors
  • Mixing black
  • Types of palette knives
  • How to clean brushes
  • Oil Medium
  • Liquin, cold wax medium
  • Oil medium between layers
  • Underpainting
  • Blocking in colors
  • Painting a jack fruit
  • Painting with layers
  • “Fat over Lean”
  • Brush techniques
  • Opaque vs. Transparent paint
  • Varnishing
  • Cohesion in colors
  • Painting mastercopies
  • Mixing colors in advance
  • Complementary color still lifes

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