Oil Painting

Discover the breathtaking techniques and drawing and painting essentials that will make your artwork stand out from the crowd!

Work of Art: 12 Tips on How to Create a Perfect Art Portfolio

By Sandrine Pelissier

For artists, your portfolio is your resume. Having a great art portfolio allows you to show your work when applying for jobs or approaching a gallery for representation. Learn how to build your portfolio so you can present your work, and yourself, in the best way possible.

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Fine Art Friday: How to Choose an Easel

By Sandrine Pelissier
How to Choose an Easel

Your easel might be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you will have to buy as an artist, and you'll likely spend most of your painting or drawing time using it, so you'll want it to be comfortable. Before making the investment, it's a good idea to learn about the different types of easels and what they are designed for.

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Fine Art Friday: Pet Portraits That’ll Make You Say “Awww!”

By Karen Kelty
Acrylic Painting of a PugThese cuddly buddies may be too cute for words, but Craftsy members certainly did an amazing job capturing them with paint, fabric and more! From a quilted kitty to a Pomeranian portrait, these pet projects are as adorable as their furry inspirations. Find your favorites and learn how to make a masterpiece of your own beloved companion! Read more »

Fine Art Friday: Scumbling — An Essential Oil Painting Technique

By Paul Heaston
Lucien Freud's Reflection (Self Portrait)Atmospheric. Translucent. Radiant. Painterly. Chances are if you've ever applied these descriptive terms to an oil painting, you were looking at some of the effects scumbling can give you. Scumbling, a must-have technique in any oil painter's bag of tricks, is where light layers of paint are dry brushed over darker layers. To understand scumbling, let's take a look at some examples. Read more »

Understanding Atmospheric Perspective: Painting Air

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Atmospheric PerspectivePerspective is all about creating the illusion of space. An understanding of atmospheric perspective can make the difference between a good landscape painting and a great one. Let’s take a look at atmospheric perspective in action. Read more »

Explore the Painting Techniques of Francis Bacon

By Paul Heaston
Francis Bacon Painting TechniquesFrancis Bacon was one of the most original and independent voices in 20th Century painting. His non-traditional approach to both the medium of oil paint and to the temporal qualities of portraiture have been called “disturbing” and “dreadful” by some, but he has nonetheless changed contemporary painting. If you’re not familiar with the paintings of Francis Bacon, here’s an overview of his work and techniques. Read more »