- It's easy to do oil painting for beginners!
- Get your supplies together and follow me step by step.
- We will be painting a brilliant Baltimore Oriole with Dogwood flowers.
Oriole 'n' Dogwood
what do you need to paint with oils?
- Your subject
- Paint and brushes
- Good light and ventilation
- Clean-up supplies
what oil paint is best for artists?
Use professional artist paints. They cover better and will save money in the long-run. Find reputable paint companies here.
how long does it take an oil painting to dry?
Oil paintings may be handled in a few days. They take months
to dry thoroughly.
Alkyd paints look and handle like oil paints and they dry completely overnight.
oil painting ideas
Artists may paint out of their memory, their imagination, from life or photographs.
In preparation for this painting I took photographs of the spring blooming Dogwood flowers. I also used a photo my sister took of a Baltimore Oriole hanging on her bird feeder.
It is my common practice to combine two or more photos for a new painting. Many artists do the same thing.
let's get started ......
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- All my 'Oil' paintings are done with Griffin Alkyds made by Winsor & Newton.
This painting uses an analogous discord color scheme.
Analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel - cool and warm yellows and orange. The discords are cool and warm blues.
Disposable paper palettes are very handy.
Lay out your colors on a palette.
The canvas is stapled onto the back so the sides of
the canvas may also be painted. Shopping for oil painting for beginners is easier because the
painting can be displayed without a frame.
how to start an oil painting for beginners
Start your oil painting by putting a line drawing on the canvas with thinned paint or an ordinary pencil.
Odorless mineral spirits thins my paint. Gamsol made by Gamblin is considered the best for studio painting.
This time I did the drawing on paper first and transferred it to the canvas with graphite paper.
painting the background
Mix your colors lightly on the
palette, more mixing occurs on the canvas while you are painting.
Paint the background and the sides
of the canvas with the #12 flat brush.
Carry the colors from the face of
the canvas over the sides of the canvas.
Use a variation of your warm and cool blues
mixed with white.
Start painting the background.
Integrate in some greens you mix from blue and yellow.
Occasionally put in some orange or yellow to indicate light and warmth.
- It is a good idea to repeat colors throughout the painting.
The orange and yellow help warm up the cool background and tie it together with the warm colored bird.
The background colors are softly blended together.
Paint around the bird and flowers.
The various background colors suggest things in the distance without
having to paint any details. It makes oil painting for beginners easier.
painting the Baltimore oriole
Use a #8 flat brush to paint the bird except for its left leg and eye.
We will let the paint set a bit before doing these.
The bird is painted with various yellows and oranges. Make the colors brighter and warmer on the sunlight side.
Mix a black from your blue and orange and paint the head and beak. Use the #4 brush to paint the beak and toenails.
A close-up of the Baltimore Oriole
- Always mix your dark colors with the colors used in the rest of your
Tube black is a dull, uninteresting color. Mix your own black so it will harmonize with the rest of the painting.
- Oil painting for beginners is fun when we don't stress out by trying to be perfect. Just have fun!
painting the flowers
Mix a brown from Ultramarine Blue and orange for the flower centers.
Use the #8 brush to dab in the centers.
When you do oil painting for beginners always use the largest brush possible. This keeps your painting loose.
Highlight the centers with yellow. (Next photo)
Paint the flower centers
Paint the petals with a soft grey. Mix the grey by adding white to the brown you used for the flower centers.
Add more blue if necessary to keep the grey on the cool side.
Add yellow or orange to white to make a warm white for the parts of the petals that would be catching the light.
Then move onto the petals
Mix some green and paint a few leaves with light and dark areas.
Spot out where you will paint the branches and leaf stems.
Use the old trick of how to do a painting, look at your painting upside down.
It will give you a fresh look to see any mistakes.
The background was a bit light, so I darkened it for more value contrast.
Start the leaves and stems.
- Paint the Dogwood branches and stems.
Mix light and dark greys. Give the branches a light and a dark side to make them look rounded.
Paint his legs with a light grey. Mix blue and orange with white to lighten it. Make sure to do his black toenails hanging over the branch.
The yellow belly behind his left leg (on the right in the painting) is brighter yellow on the sunlit side and shadowed on the other side.
Touch a bit of color in the eye. Use a very pale yellow white on the top of the eye. Put a bit of pale blue-white on the bottom of the eye.
Have both cool and warm white on the
flower petals to help separate them from each other and show where light
is hitting them.
it's your turn to paint!
Now that you know how to do oil painting for beginners, get your oil painting supplies and start painting.
When you are learning how to paint, relax and enjoy yourself. You don't have to paint like a
photograph. Paint from your heart and express yourself - that is a lot
Try some of the other how-to paint pages. The more you paint the more fun it is and the faster you will progress.
i wish you many successful paintings!
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Oil Painting for Beginners