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Oil painting tips from my easel, some great demos (short for demonstrations) JUST for you!

Here's our latest addition to the multitude of painting demonstrations on the site.  Here are some oil painting tips that will go a long way in helping you achieve a better result!

A very Large Painting!

southern magnolia demonstration

See how I tackle this 5 foot square painting, with lots of photo's and explanation of my process, and a 6 minute YouTube video of some of the live clips along the way.  

It's a long article, but I think you will enjoy it as it delves alittle deeper into my thoughts and opinions of painting!

Click here to view the Southern Magnolia demonstration.

Here's a small 8x10 painting done using the indirect method, but skipping the underpaintings.  These little paintings I usually do just straight up, with little preliminary work other than a drawing  (depending on subject matter mostly).  If it's something I feel I can accomplish without the underpaintings, I give it a try.   The video shows the progression of painting.  Mainly, I've worked from the back forward, then when doing the fruit, I've worked from dark to light.  

Once completed, I didn't like a few things, so I went back in with some additional highlights to the drape and glazing on the red, then the yellow pear.  The green one seemed happy, so I left him alone. 

how to paint a strawberry

Painting strawberries can look scary!  All those seeds and that intense red.  How do you paint one?  Check out my explanation here "How to paint a strawberry, flemish style"!  The results are amazing and the steps are not that many.  

A Wolf drawing turned into a full blown wild life painting!

Here's a wolf drawing that I show step by step in my drawing section.  I'll be moving into the painting sessions soon, and will have a follow up article as that gets going.  Click here to see the demo and film.

A full demonstration of the flemish method in "How to paint a rose" a gorgeous dusty pink single rose.  It has a short 4 minute intro film and lots of HD photo's of process shots during it's creation.

Pears painting demonstration, 2 red pears using an indirect method and a self leveling paint mixture!

This demonstration shows the use of a almost soupy paint mixture that allows the paint to be laid in and as it self levels, brushstrokes disappear and you are left with an enamel like finish.  Just beautiful!  Click here or the image to get there.  There is a fantastic video too!

Paint like Van Gogh!

Here's a short demonstration on my attempt to paint sunflowers using some of Van Gogh's technique.  Van Gogh Sunflowers.  Enjoy! Click the image of the link to get there.

van gogh sunflower

A short cut using an acrylic under painting is discussed in great detail.  Also the use of some different mediums and how they helped in creating this still life with apples painting.

Abstract Painting Techniques are discussed here with a short demonstration on how to create texture within your painting. 

Click here to learn the steps I use to paint this delicate yellow orchid.  I also describe a different way to approach the canvas toning if you don't own a very large brush. (This is a large 30" x 40" canvas painting).

I also discuss how you can grow your own beautiful orchids in order to have loads of subject matter to paint from in the future.

I have a pretty decent description of how you can master painting grapes, one of the most complex still life paint subjects that exists. 

With their multicolored skin, complex "bloom" and dew drops everywhere, just looking in your grocery bag can give you the shakes if you're contemplating painting these rather than eating them!  Come on and join us on this new adventure, and learn to master painting grapes.

This discussion also includes why we use soft and hard edges within our painting, and gives you several closeups of the practice used within this painting. This is one of my strongest oil painting tips examples on the subject.

how to paint grapes

An article on ACEO's has led to a demonstration of these miniature jewels.  Click here to see some process shots in the making.

how to paint a dahlia

An ancient technique using modern materials and bright colors to put some pizzazz into this Dahlia.  Click here to discover the video demonstration of "how to paint a Dahlia" in oils. 

I show you the shortcuts I used and the reasons why on the demonstration page.  It's also my first "speed" video which shows the time lapse of several hours worth of painting pushed into a short 8 minute film. 

It's also features some really great music!   Go check it out these oil painting tips by clicking the link above or the picture!

Here's one of the most simple of items to paint, but one of the most difficult in achieving a photo-realistic effect.  In these oil painting tips, I show you with oils, it can be much easier to accomplish!

Here are pages on how to paint eggs Part I,

and a second page on our eggs painting demonstration Part II.

brown underpainting

Would you like to tackle a really tough image?

Follow along in this flower painting demonstration to see shortcuts and oil painting tips to paint flower petals galore. Another 2 part painting demonstration.

golden chrysanthemum painting

Don't let all these flower petals intimidate you! Just like eating any elephant, you start with one small bite at a time.

Come join us, and then post your version here on the site!

Click the brown underpainting image to start the lesson, then head over to the color and final layers lesson.

Have you ever wanted to change your mind about a painting?

Check out this article to see what was added to help this painting "Fly" off the wall of the gallery.

Have you ever thought about doing a series on paintings on the same subject? Check out this article on why you really should.

Apple paintings, a wonderful series on some delicious subjects!

I've sent several paintings to the gallery, so here's one of them that deserves to go here. I've always been fascinated with stop light bell peppers. Their colors are always so bright, vibriant and true.

paint peppers, stop light peppers
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I've actually got a purple one growing in my garden this year.

Anyway, here's a demonstration of a set of peppers ranging in color from green, yellow, orange and red.

I hope you'll be able to learn something with this approach and this new demonstration to paint a peck of peppers!


Next, I have for you an oldie but goodie.  Please also remember, the image below is not a photograph!

Learn how I created here in how to oil paint the magnolia blossom.

I also tried out a new oil painting technique I employed in the process of this wonderful piece of artwork!

This is also a great demonstration in that is shows so much of the process in creating shiny leaves.

A must when you are painting things that are glossy.

You'll see both the soft subtleness of the white petals, and the crisp shiny green leaves. What a great combination.

magnolia blossom, how to paint, paint magnolia

In answer to an FAQ (frequently asked question) by a loyal reader, I've put in some great tips for you in "How to paint a rose" and in adding some of those special features, DEW DROPS, that are seen throughout my work. Click here to find out more

purple rose, rose painting, how to paint rose, how to paint

More oil painting tips on Alla Prima:

In another section of the site, I've been discussing the alla prima oil painting technique. I've now got a demonstration to show you the technique up close and personal with more great oil painting tips.

Click below to go see how I go from this:

alla prima process, how to oil paint, oil painting techniques

To This! In two 90 minute direct painting sessions.

yellow lily oil painting, oil painting techniques

The Yellow Lily Painting Alla Prima part I.

The Yellow Lily Painting Alla Prima part II.

The Yellow Lily Painting in oils finale!

Here's last months demonstration: A date slipped up on me to have this painting completed by, and I only had 7 days to deliver. Here's the reference:

persimmon picture

And the final work

still life persimmons

I also discuss in detail how to prepare a masonite panel as a painting support rather than canvas. Do check it out!

Persimmons oil painting demonstration Part I

Persimmons oil painting demonstration Part II

Last times how to paint silver and a single pink rose with a few really nice close up shots of the paint application.

And below that are some more great examples of this technique in action.


Tea Pot with pink rose still life painting demonstration

And below, a really good demo on mixing your colors right on the canvas with Pretty Pink Peonies.

With this demonstration, I will show you two very big time saving tips the Renaissance artists used. You will not find these two tips anywhere else on the site, so go on over to check them out. 

oil painting tips, peony painting demonstration
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So take a few moments and sign up! I'll also be putting any new oil painting tips and techniques I come across in the e-zine, and any new pages on the website will be given some attention in the e-zine.

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The link is here at share your art work, art stories, favorite paintings!

The 2nd painting demonstration is here with a Rose drawing and Painting demostration.

Its shows the process of a single rose, it's drawing through the grisaille or dead/gray layer. Then on to the color and finishing layers.  Click on the picture to head to that particular lesson.

And part of the finishing layer of this petite and beautiful rose!

yellow and red rose

The 3rd of my oil painting tips demonstration is below with a second set of onions (1st set was last month) with the tops positioned differently, and the size about 10% larger on each onion.

Click here to see last months example of "Oil Painting Tips from my Easel"

Here's the beginning reference set-up for the painting.

food art, still life demonstration,oil painting

You can click the image or follow one of the links to the part of the demonstration you want to see.

Food Art Onions part 1 demonstration

Food Art Onions part 2 demonstration

Most demo's are broken up to 2 pages. One will be the preliminary work through the dead layer, and then the color layers and finishing layers will be on a 2nd page. The image below is of the progress of the painting at this point. In this case, the painting is completed!

Still Life Onions,still life painting, oil painting

More Oil Painting Tips & Demonstrations:

All of my older oil painting tips "from my easel" lessons. This part of the site will grow as I continue to post my new work and the older stuff gets moved down to here. Not that they aren't good demo's, I just gotta make room above for the newer stuff!

red onion painting

Here's another set of onions, but twice as many photo's showing you the process in better details! Let me know if you like this format.

christmas cactus painting

Here's one that goes well with a Christmas season and theme. A Gorgeous Christmas Cactus in bloom. Hope it helps entice you into trying one yourself!

rose of sharon painting

An older work "Rose of Sharon" paint demonstration. I began photographing my process early in my career mainly for my own use. But some of the oldies have some great info for you too, so here it is!

rose bush painting

"Rainbow Niagara" rose picture of a rose, a hybrid tea rose bush from the Canadian Side of the Falls. So many colors in one rose blossom, unbelievable!

grape painting demonstration

An older work "Grapes with Bottle" of a beautiful bunch of grapes, bottle of wine and half full glass of wine. All I needed is the cheese and crackers! Another great short oil painting demonstration.

red roses painting

"Roses on a Pedestal" three red roses on a pedestal with a lucky lady bug, gorgeous demonstration. Can you find our friend the lady bug. Find it, and it brings you good luck!

rose blossom fully open

An older work "Full Red rose Blossom" a fully developed red rose blossom with dew. This is a 9" x 12" painting done on board.

poinsettia flower painting

Care to learn more about this beautiful flower?

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