A Real Art Lesson!

Oil Painting Lessons that give joy for a lifetime.

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New Bonus Material included in how to handle hard and soft edges. A most important tool in realistic painting.

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Yes! You REALLY can paint like this!

In a Real Art Lesson, you'll be right there, looking over my shoulder while I create 2 great paintings. These oil painting lessons are easy to learn.

Learn how to paint realism in oils with artist Delmus Phelps

Thousands of people just like you have discovered the secret to unlocking their artistic potential by following the few simple rules given to you in "A Real Art Lesson"

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You won't believe your own eyes at what you can accomplish.

Capture the joy of painting and creating things of beauty with your own gorgeous oil painting. An oil painting that you create following this step by step technique, and once learned, can be repeated over and over again so you'll enjoy a lifetime of artistic freedom in creating many more masterpieces.

Would you be interested in learning these oil painting lessons that will help you create paintings like these?

Here are several examples of oil paintings I have created using this technique.  Click on them to get a larger view.

Purple Grapes Painting

Hanging Grapes, an example of this painting is used in the new bonus material section of the E-book.

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White Rose with dew drops oil painting.

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Blushing Pears oil painting.

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Baby Blue Hydrangea oil painting.

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Grapes with Plums oil painting.

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Royal Purple Hydrangea oil painting.

So why include pictures of my own paintings?  So you can get a deeper understanding of the style and realism that can be achieved using this method of painting.  When I see online lessons offered by others, some are terrific, and well, some are terrible.  Look at the teachers paintings closely.  Would you want to emulate that style or feel into your own paintings? 

This is a time honored approach, and it gives you the freedom to paint a vast array of subject matter, and get as detailed as you wish.

Read below to find out more!

3rd edition is now available!

I'm so excited about this new edition.

With this 3rd edition, I've included a linkable Table of content. This makes it soooo easy to move around the eBook by just clicking the Chapter Link.

Also the photography has been sharpened and not compressed so greatly as to effect quality.

In the appendix, I also include an entire chapter for the beginner on how to manipulate the paint to create hard and soft (out of focus) edges, so important in painting realism.  There are 2 example paintings used for this.

It's been a long time coming, but the book feels so much fresher for it!

I've also included some just released information on the importance of hard and soft edges using my latest painting as an example!





This is my information page on A Real Art Lesson electronic book.

Are you looking for the DVD demonstration, and how to get the above e-book for free!

Click here to go the DVD info page.






  • Have you tried painting before and your work just looked amateurish?

      These lessons will help you reach better goals!
  • Have you had painting lessons before, and your work just didn't seem to improve?

      These lessons will improve your painting!
  • Have you wanted to start an exciting and rewarding hobby yet didn't know where to take the first step?

      This step by step process is for beginners through experienced artists.
  • Have you ever wondered if your part time hobby could turn into something more?

      If this doesn't get your heart pumping, not much will.


  • Hi, my name is Delmus Phelps. I've been painting for over 35 years, (my first commissioned sale was in 1974!) and along the way, I've learned a great many things that I would like to pass along to you!

    Allow me to qualify a statement I made earlier in believing this is one of the most effective oil painting methods ever developed. I've tried most of them on the market today, and I keep coming back to these simple truths. And I've been painting most of my adult life! The final clincher for me though, is in the galleries! I explain further down the page, so.....

  • Yes, you really can paint like this using this technique. Can you write your A,B,C's? Then you have enough eye to hand coordination to do this. If you can tell the difference between green, red and blue, then you have enough learned skills already to take this course!

  • I don't just show you how to create one painting! I show you in depth, the technique that will allow you to free your mind of the how-to's and concentrate on the joy and beauty of the painting you are creating. (Like any craft, once you know the steps, you can then concentrate on the statement, the beauty, the image you have in your mind.)

  • Not sure how to start? I show you each and every step. Canvas, brushes, paints, mediums! I explain what they are for, what works for me, what other artists use and works for them.

  • You will know exactly how to start your painting. You will know exactly when the painting is finished! No more anxiety of wondering should you add just this little more.


  • Concerned you may be too old to start a hobby like this? My web guru showed me an interesting statistic. Most of my customers were indeed retired! Wow! (And you can see some of their great work on my site). So don't be afraid to get started.

  • Concerned you may be too young to try this? I first learned this technique from my High School Teachers! (which placed me in the late teens) and one of my first paintings won a prestigious statewide wildlife award.

  • Concerned about having to follow a bunch of rules? Don't be! Painting is like music. Music has a process or formula that is followed to make it sound good. Like playing the violin, these tools merely show you How To Play. I show you how to finger the strings and saw to bow! You play the individual notes and the music is still your very own!



  • From Susan in Maine:

    "When I viewed the paintings on the "A Real Art Lesson" ebook cd tears came to my eyes. The work is stunning and truly inspires me to paint again."

    From Deborah in Oklahoma:

    "Thanks Delmus your e-book is great, I see things I've been doing wrong already."


    Here are the two paintings I use in teaching
    "A Real Art Lesson".

    The first is "Mit Trinken" a vase with grapes still-life.

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    The 2nd demonstration is "Grapes with Pears" still-life.

    grapes with pears still life oil painting

    Here's what you'll DISCOVER within "A Real Art Lesson"

  • You will learn all the technique needed to do any painting you would like.

    These same techniques can be used for the portrait and the landscape! I explain the differences.

  • With over 140 pages of information and 225 photos you get a complete how-to manual.
      As much information as a weekend seminar.

  • How you place your objects, lighting and composition.
      Know right away that you have a great painting started.

  • How to prepare the canvas step by step.
      No more frustrating issues with your materials
    learn how to paint


  • How we transfer the drawing to the canvas.
      You don't have to know how to draw yet.
    learn how to paint professionally


  • You will see up-close, the umber under-layer, and how it is done.
      No more guess work in how to start your painting
    learn how to paint like you mean it


  • The finished umber under-layer and all the steps to get you there!
      You'll impress and amaze your friends & family even at this stage of the painting
    learn how to really paint classical


  • You will learn how to mix your paints.
      This is so simple, you wonder why they don't teach it in middle school
    learn to paint like anything


  • How to make the "dead layer" or Gray layer, and why.
      Your shadows and half shadows are never a problem anymore.
    learn how to really paint


  • Closeups of brush strokes and how the paint is applied.
      The guess work in how to put paint to canvas will be gone.
    learn how to paint in oils


  • All the details are taught to make your paintings stand out.
      My favorite part - This is where you will step back and say to yourself, "Did I really just create that?"

    learn how to paint realism


  • And many more photo's and explanations than what I can give you here.

    learn how to paint classical


    Don't have a computer in your art studio? No problem!  With the hi quality PDF format, you can print out this manual and view these great instructions/photo's from anywhere!  (Every e-book I've ever owned, I've done this to. I read better from a hardcopy book for some reason)

    Alot of folks would say, "it's impossible to learn to paint like this without years of instruction."  I beg to differ.  It's the PROCESS that makes it soooo simple.   If you are not satisfied in any way with the instruction, just drop me a line, I have an unconditional money-back guarantee!

    A beginning artist?  I have a whole section on brushwork just for you.  How to make soft transitions you see in watercolor work, how to make hard and soft edges, (and why they are important).

    Give it a try risk free!  I know you'll be satisfied with the instruction, and you will learn tools that will give you a Lifetime of artistic freedom and joy!

    You will need Acrobat Adobe Reader to view this e-book.  (Most all e-books are now in this format and most computers already have the program to read them, but just in case, I include links on the download page for you to get your copy.)

    Now, who should NOT order this e-book?

    If you think your painting will be completed in one 20 minute session, sorry. This is not a one session painting technique. Look closely at the work. There is a much deeper expression of artistry and detail, nuances within the paintings that cannot be duplicated using a wet in wet or one stroke technique! It is not something that will be done quickly. So if you prefer a one stroke technique, or the wet-in-wet techniques of Bob Ross, this oil painting technique is not that type of painting.

    If you want to jump straight into portrait painting? The technique is used in portraiture and in landscapes, I do discuss some the preliminary differences, but this course (at least the demonstrations are) primarily geared for the still life. In the schools of yesteryear, the beginning artist started out in the still life, and progressed into portraiture and landscapes. If you are a beginning artist, and want to go straight into these genre's then this course may not be for you. IF you are an intermediate artist, it can be easily adapted to the portrait and the landscape as you will already know some of their fundamentals.

    From Carol in Virginia

    All I can say is THANK YOU! I am not a formal artist, but have always loved art and want to learn to paint. You are so clear in your presentations, all my questions that I have never understood, are answered now.

    You have given me inspiration...I will get started, and am anxious to start another picture using your stages as described in your book.

    This is the best $MONEY$ I've ever spent!

    From BB

    "32 years ago I had just given birth to my 5th child. A month early, she weighed 11 pounds, 14 1/2 ounces, breech. I was so jazzed I walked the halls all night. The nurses kept trying to get me to go lie down but I was supercharged. and oddly, it was not the birthing of a baby, it was the birthing of an idea. The calendar over the nurses station was a photo of Picasso Blue Period, where he drew/painted a lady on a piece of masonite or paper bag. I "saw" that for the first time. I'd already had a semester with Siegfried Hahn, and I knew sharp focus was the way I wanted to work. I also knew the Old Masters way was the vehicle. I could never find the "notes" to back me up. I started back to college when my 9th child started first grade. I was 48 years old. Four years to get my BAFA. And now I have this lesson that will help me do it "my way" finally. I wish I had this ebook lesson back in 2000 to show my professors that I did know there was a process that they refused to teach me. FINALLY! My thanks. "

    BB



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    P.S. By placing your order now, I'll include some great bonus offers!



    The first is an e-book on DRAWING & ANATOMY By Victor Perard. The hard cover volumn for this book sells for up to $88 on Amazon, but for a limited time, you can get this PDF version downloaded to your computer for free!

    Let me tell you alittle about this bonus. Are you interested, truly interested in improving your drawing skills, and drawing of the human anatomy? This book is over 165 pages of skeleton, skulls (too cool for the tattoo artist) muscle, human motion, etc. Here's just a small picture from what you will find in it!

    Impressed? I was, and to find it was a real treat. I thought, wow, what a great bonus gift, so here it is. Included with your purchase of "A Real Art Lesson"



    And here is my 2nd fantastic bonus for you!



    "Composition" A Series of exercises in Art Structure for the use of students and teachers by: Arthur Wesley Dow



    Here's an actual excerpt:

    ""Composition was chosen as a title because that word expresses the idea upon which the method here presented is founded the "putting together" of lines, masses and colors to make a harmony.Design, understood in its broad sense, is a better word, but popular usage has restricted it to decoration. Composition, building up of harmony, is the fundamental process in all the fine arts. I hold that art should be approached through composition rather than through imitative drawing. The many different acts and processes combined in a work of art may be attacked and mastered one by one, and thereby a power gained to handle them unconsciously when they must be used together. If a few elements can be united harmoniously, a step has been taken toward further creation.""



    In other words, your painting and or drawing skills may not be the best, but if the harmony, composition of the piece is done well, the work will be recognized as a great piece of art!

    I can attest to this in my own work. When the composition wasn't right, the work collected dust in the galleries back closet. Don't let that happen to you! Get this bonus e-book when you order my Real Art Lesson!

    And here is yet one more great e-book!


    Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomie.

    This e-book has been out there in various places, but is hard to come by.

    Some of the younger crowd will really get into this one as it shows you in very basic steps on how to draw simple forms, to more complex forms, and finally, some serious fine art!

    It start you off with the human head, then he moves you through the body, hands, clothing, simulated movement, and into perspective, light and shadow, and ending with this great example!




    From Horst in Germany:

    "Best book on the subject I've seen so far - many thanks!"

    From Suzy in North Carolina:

    EXCELLENT product...what a great art lesson for the money!!!



    I show you a great deal information within the "Real Art Lesson", but having a strong background in drawing will always help you in your painting! Grab this free bonus while you can when you order "A Real Art Lesson"!



    This truly is a RISK FREE purchase!



    60 Days Money Back No Hassles Guarantee

    It's pretty simple, if within 60 days, you don't think these instructions have helped you in your quest for a better painting, simply let me know for a prompt refund. So give it a try risk free! This really is a no worries purchase! When ordering, you will be directed to Click Banks secure servers. One of the worlds premier online secure shopping carts!

    After you place your order, Click Bank will direct you to the download page for the product! It's that simple!

    Also remember, since Click Bank handles the Credit Card stuff, your order will appear on your statement as a "CLICKBANK*COM" purchase.

    They provide a wonderful and secure payment process with McAfee and Verisign security.

    Below is what you will see on their secure order form!

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    If you have problems with the download, contact me! I check my email's during the day and will be glad to get you the downloads again. Lets face it, stuff happens, you lose power, your cat jumps up on your keyboard, and coffee floods your laptop. I'll be here to help! So don't wait! You could be painting tonight!



    But hold on!

    Here's a great idea! Looking for a great gift item? Then check out my E-book on Compact Disk format! For just a few bucks more, you can have the download and GET a copy of the E-book on a CD to give to a friend! Cool!

    It includes all bonus e-books mentioned above, AND a couple of more that I don't even advertise. They really are a great addition to your electronic library!



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    Order this E-book with bonus's on this beautiful CD with Jewel Case now!

    OR
    Maybe you would rather have a DVD movie demonstration of the technique, well, you can!

    Just click here to find out more about my DVD demonstration,

    and

    How to get the above ebook at a deep discount!

    New Landscape Demonstration NOW AVAILABLE!

    You've heard correctly! Mabry Mill, a famous Virginia landmark is now the subject of a new Landscape Demonstration EBook available through CLICKBANK also. Click on this link here to get all the fine details of what is available within this instructional book.

    This is your best deal below! 

    When you include the bonus material, we're talking about FIVE total e-books and a film. 

    Nowhere can you get this much quality art instruction for this price!

    Even more Bonus Material now included!

    A section for beginners that describes in great detail exactly how to create that "out of focus" look.  The "soft and hard" edges we painters always refer to in realistic work.  The painting below is just a small example used in this new section of the E-book.  I've been told this chapter alone is worth the value of the entire e-book!  But I think it's just one of those "secrets" that need to be included in this entire process. 

    Some really closeup photo's and detail descriptions on how and why these concepts are important in realistic painting.  So come on and join us!  You'll learn so much!



    I basically have 3 types of products available. For the still life artist, the landscape artist, and the flower artist. Below you will find the various combinations and best values for what you are interested in learning. I've attempted to give those who purchase combo's a better price break.

    Most combo deals give you a 20% or greater discount. This Summer Blowout gives you a 40%-50% price reduction on most art lessons! Please take advantage of it before we pull the plug!

    Products and Product combinations available.


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    A Real Art Lesson EBook art lesson Explaining and demonstrating 2 Still Life paintings using the Flemish Method, downloaded EBook. Includes Includes 3 bonus E-Books on anatomy, composition, & pencil drawing. This is a great item for the still life painter wanting to learn realistic still life painting. $19.97 Click to Order!
    Mabry Mill EBook. Using the indirect method of oil painting, downloaded EBook. Includes Includes 3 bonus E-Books on anatomy, composition, & pencil drawing. This is a great item for those learning to paint the landscape. $19.97 Click to Order!
    The Yellow Rose DVD An oil painting demonstration (2 hours) on painting the yellow rose using the flemish technique of oil painting. This is a great item for those wanting to learn how to paint flowers. $24.97 Click to Order!
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    2nd Ebook & DVD
    Mabry Mill EBook & Yellow Rose DVD.  Thats just $5 more! A $15 savings.

    plus and 3 bonus E-Books!
    $29.97 Click to Order!
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    Both Ebooks.
    Real Art Lesson EBook & Mabry Mill EBook combined.  A $15 savings.

    art lesson PLUS , and 3 bonus E-Books!
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  • What people are saying about the DVD and E-book.

    From Susan in ME:
    Astoundingly beautiful art, well written instructions. THANKS!

    From Debra in OK:
    Thanks Delmus your e-book is great, I see things I've been doing wrong already.

    From Mickael in Israel:
    Thanks a lot for this incredible lesson!

    From Anne in GA:
    WONDERFUL ! Easy to Follow ! Great Detailed Photo's

    From Linda in AK:
    Thanks for the DVD. High Quality Art Instruction. Fair Price.

    From Horst in Germany:
    Best book on the subject I've seen so far! - many thanks

    From Herbert in WA:
    Very useful information. Highest recommendation!

    From Diana in FL:
    Excellent art lesson, can hardly wait to use this technique. Thanks

    From Susan in ND:
    Fantastic teaching! Thank you for this affordable purchase.

    From John in ID:
    well worth the money!

    From Henry in MO:
    Excellent seller! Excellent product! Recommend!!

    From Elizabeth in VA:
    Very informative and well written. Thank you.

    From William in Canada:
    Fantastic Art Instruction.

    From Judit in Canada:
    Very informative detailed material, much better than Ca&%er method!

    From Cynthia in CA:
    Thank you~ the ebook is absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing your talent!

    And many-many more, but my hand is cramping from trying to type this list.

    I think however, that you get the picture with these.

    It supports things on several levels, both in terms of the art instruction, but also the service people get from me personally when they have questions or problems with their order.

    People simply love these lessons on how to paint using this method!