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June 11, 2012

Table of Contents

* A New Drawing exercise completed.

* Jewels from your contributions.

* A first time Flemish User.

* Art Styles

* The Big announcement!

Here's your latest edition of Easy Oils Blast! A blast of new information, paintings and demonstrations in oil painting.

Some great news! We're closing in on 2000 members! Who would have known that this little site about oil painting would grow like this. I feel blessed that so many of you have contributed, and are joining in to create things of beauty!

Drawing Exercise Completed

A while back, I reviewed a course on drawing that really had me excited over the details and powerful instruction that was within it. I've completed some pencil sketches and then this drawing for a customer who wanted his friend captured in graphite.

Here's what I came up with:

Now this drawing utilized 5 pencils, a kneaded erasure, and not much else. It was completed in just a few hours on an 8" x 10" sheet of paper. Learn more on how to do these yourself here Learn to Draw People!

Jewels from your contributions.

It never seems to amaze me when folks send in something like this. The quality of the work, both in the craftsmanship and the artistic moment that is captured forever in our minds.

Here is one of the jewels that came across the site within the last few months that I'm sure you will be impressed with: A Babies Oil Painting Portrait

Having raised a number of younglings myself, this brought back so many memories. It's entitled "New Eyes" so appropriately and it's within those little eyes that capture the sparkle of life! I can't wait to see the color layers develop. (Yes, this is only the gray layer)

There are many others to see too! Check them out here:

Portrait Painting Tips and Techniques

A first time Flemish User!

Now here's another painting that really captures the essence of this technique in its clarity and detail. Notice the doily on the table and the crystal bowl! And this was a first time for her using the flemish technique. Just click here: Still Life First Timer to learn more on how she accomplished this wonderful painting.

Still Life Bowl

Now, I'ld like to repeat myself. As on my homepage, I've not found a method or process of oil painting that surpasses this technique in getting the beginner, and the intermediate artist to a professional level of painting quicker!

There are shortcuts that can be taken later as you learn the steps and what each is for. Some have said that covering the entire brown under painting with the gray under painting is such a waste. In most cases, you should be able to see some of that umber under layer within your gray layers. I can only say that after many years of painting this way, I've never felt I've wasted my time in utilizing all the steps. It's when I skip a step, that I see and feel that my painting suffers.

Art Styles.

I've just completed a new launch page for Styles of Art. It helps to answer the question:"How do you keep up with and understand all those "ism's", from the start of impressionism through today's pop art?"

I've simplified and condensed on a time line how you can better understand some of the many, many forms (styles) of art we enjoy today!

Click here to find out more about Styles in Art.

And if you're still struggling in finding your place within the art world, or which style of art would suit you best, try these techniques in learning more: Finding your own voice and style of art.

The Big announcement!

Can you remember when it was Christmas Morning, and you were waiting for Mom and Dad to get up. You finally couldn't take it any longer and you would creep outta bed into the living room just as the sun was making things a little easier to see, and behold, the tree with all it's trimmings and all those presents underneath just waiting for someone to open!

Just imagine that time for a moment. Can you feel your heart begin to race and you just knew....just knew that Santa had put that BB gun, or that Barbie Doll under that tree somewhere.

Yep, that's kinda like how I feel right now. Only, the thing that I wanted is knowledge!

Knowledge in how to do something. Knowledge in taking the guess work out of how to create something wonderful.

That knowledge is now available in an extraordinary workshop manual that I believe surpasses my first one.

Now let's get back to our story above, only it's years later and you've just gotten back from a wonderful weekend outing. You've gone to one of your favorite landmarks and taken lots of pictures. As an artist, you may have even brought your sketch book along to capture that just right moment.

All the while thinking, this place sure would look nice in a painting.

This workshop manual will help you achieve just that!

Click Here to learn more!

Facebook Like it please!

Don't forget the 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.

And our readers love 'em!

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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