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Critique your paintings, Why bother learning oil painting, New demonstration.
September 05, 2011

Table of Contents

* Art Critique, how it's done.

* Why we learn to oil paint.

* A wonderful new demonstration.

* Oil Painting from a Photo.

* Still life painting, what is it.

Here's your latest edition New Stuff at Easy Oils!

We have a lot to cover, so I'll get right to it! Do you like the new look on the site? Is it meeting your expectations? Are you learning anything? Pass it on, or drop me a line from the contact page! I enjoy chatting about oil painting!

Art Critique, how to check your own.

Remember where we left off with our last edition. I promised you a glimpse at what galleries and judges, and some discerning art patrons look for in a piece of art. Stuff that separates your work from just another picture! Check out the 2 part article here:

How to critique your art!

And part II of the series here:

Oil Painting Guide, what bad things to look for in your work.

Why we learn to oil paint.

Find out what Magdalenians, (cave dwellers that walked this earth around 10,000 BC) and oil painting have in common. You won't believe what new research is discovering in the short article on why should we bother to learn oil painting. And you thought that the cave man on the car insurance commercial was a complete *&^%, well you know what mean. They really did have their act together. Read more here:

Why learn oil painting!

A wonderful new demonstration.

A southern favorite, and a great demonstration on the magnolia blossom. And no, the picture below is not a photograph, but rather, a painting. During it's creation, I learned of an oil painting technique for use in the petals. I explain all here: How to oil paint the magnolia blossom.

Oil Painting from a Photo.

Now, speaking of photographs, as artists, it's is a very common tool these days! You may have already found this article, as it's on the Navigation bar (until I can find a section to put it in). I discuss some of the pitfalls and some of the things to look out for that make this a great tool for your next painting endeavor.

Oil painting from photo's.

Photographs have always been a part of my world, as I'm sure it is yours! Most artists today have a great collection of photo's to use as reference material, and of coarse, recording life around you. Did you know there are ways to make money with your photo's and your computer! Check out the link and put some of that vast quantity of photo's to work for you.

Still life painting, what is it.

There are many things to love about still life painting. You can set things up, paint a while, leave, come back and resume painting. But there is so much more to it then just that! As an artist, there are things that you simply can't control.

In landscape or portraiture, you get what you get, and that's just to way it is. But with the still life, well, you are in complete control. Find out more here:

Still life painting, you control it all!

Are you enjoying the new look? Three column format has been introduced to better frame the content into the middle, and allowing for a number of "things" to go over on the right hand side of the site.

What kinds of things?

Mostly I will tuck offers to products that I like and find related to oil painting. What others have said about the site or it's products. Sometimes I'll put sponsors there (they too help pay for the development of the site) And I'm thinking also how best to use it too. Got some ideas? Drop me a line! I can always use your feedback on how to steer this ship!

Another great addition to the site is the Facebook application!

If you're a Facebook Fan, then you'll appreciate this. You can "like" a page, and comment on it's contents so your Facebook friends can see what all the hub-bub is about, and where you spend your valuable hours learning on how to paint great things!

Spread the word! Click on the like buttons and give me your comments on the site! You don't even have to leave the site, it's all right there for your convenience.

Software hiccup! Yea, we have them sometimes. When I first introduced this, I was really happy with the amount of "Likes" and great "comments" the site was receiving. Then along came a software hiccup. After a "reset" I lost my likes and comments :(. So if you had left a great comment before, do leave one again! Our readers love 'em!

What to look for next time:

Have you got a great still life painting you would like to share? Post it here, still life painting

Who knows? It might be featured right here next go round! I'm also putting together an article about portraiture, and I've already gotten a few great examples to show you.

But that will be for next time, until then.....

I'm now on Twitter! I find that if you reply to me rather then direct message (DM), I'll be able to find you easier. I get so much spam these days, I rarely check my direct messages in twitter any longer.

You can follow me, and I'll follow you back, but do reply to me that you are following so's I can follow you back! just tweet an "@delmus" in your tweet box!

Follow me on Twitter

Well I hope the information was useful to you. Future ezines will be in a similar format, just different information.

Let me know what you think! Have I helped you in any way? Twitter me, or drop me an email. I would love to see some of your work!

Till next time!

This is Delmus Phelps wishing you a happy painting day!


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