Landscape oil painting techniques, tips & ideas.

How to get in on this most popular type of oil painting!

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Landscape oil painting has quickly become one of the most popular painting types in our modern era.  Why?  I believe its because for centuries, people are always trying to bring a piece of the out of doors, indoors! 

It may be in the form of plants in pots, Christmas trees, or pictures of far away places brought into our living rooms to give us either something to remember, or something to strive for. 

These all bring our outdoor, natural surroundings, inside, to keep us renewed, refreshed and invigorated with anticipation of our next trip out side!  As more of us live within large metropolitan area's, spending time in a park, a garden, or just outside in the fresh air becomes more and more important to us.

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Now tell the truth, when you cast your eyes on a grand expanse of a well created, high emotion landscape, don't you place yourself within the painting?  Don't you walk along that stream, down that road, or through the trail just behind that tree?  Of coarse you do!

So from the viewers perspective, you can understand why landscape oil painting is popular.  But why do artist's love to do them? 

I believe it's because artist's love the outdoors too!  The artist can perform their craft outdoors as well as indoors with this type of painting. 

From the Plein-air landscape oil painting, studies done out of doors, to huge, expansive studio works based on big road trips, hiking experiences, and other travel trips, the landscape oil painting opens many avenues for the artist to experience the outdoors!


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Don't you love the anticipation while hiking up the mountain pass to get to that special location to catch the sun rising, to capture the cool morning light (as opposed to the warm sunset light) that streams across the cliff face, mountain side, or crashing surf? 

Wow! No wonder so many artists love creating landscape oil paintings!

Like many other main navigation pages on this site, this will be a launching place for you to discover in more details, oil painting techniques used in this genre of painting.

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Then get back here to get started by viewing some of the other topics on landscape paintings to be discussed.  Active links will allow you to click over to that pages information. 

Please bear with me, I'm a full time artist, and this site is a labor of love, so between coats of paint on the easel, I'll put together my thoughts, do a little research to make sure what I say is not totally bogus, or something I think I knew, and post it here!

Active links will be click-able, so lets get started!

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It doesn't have to be oils, or using this technique, but it does need to be a painting/drawing. Please tell us the medium, size, and what inspired you to create it!


Do you have a great story to go with it? Your struggles, your victories? Come on and share it!


Remember, short submissions, (just the bad picture and a few words) will not make it to the page. Our readers demand a bit more, so express yourself about the when, where and why you created your artwork.

Attention: Due to new Google requirements as to what is a legitimate web page, I will ask one additional requirement. Your article and submission must be at least 300 words in length!

That's roughly 4 decent paragraphs. Now honestly, when has an artist been at a loss for words when it comes to describing their artwork.

Tell us about the passion you have in creating this work, tell us about the techniques, struggles and triumphs you found and felt while creating it.

If you've submitted a painting before but cannot find it now, well, this is why. Not enough information was submitted.

If it did meet the 300 word requirement, it may have been moved to the appropriate section also, i.e. portraits, landscapes or still life.

There were some really great pieces too, but, because they were too short, they had to go.

Please re-submit your work! (But abide by the new rule of 300 words) Most word-processors will count the words for you, spell check, and grammar correct too. Then just copy and paste to here!

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