Oil’s for Fun

For me there is no better feeling of artistry than the smells of the oils and spirits, it is so immersive and drives forward the inspiration… It is probably why it’s the medium I lean toward when considering my larger showcase pieces in imaginative realism.

If your creative flow is quickened by deep sensual colours, beautiful and delicate blends in colour, capturing breathtaking atmosphere then this medium is probably for you!

A great art course for all artistic capabilities that looks at several styles and approaches from wet in wet oil painting to classical under painting and glazing. Every step is fully tutored in both art theory and paint application as you can see from the video demonstration links above.

Over the duration of the art course you will have opportunity to create a number of paintings with a wide ranging diversity of subjects including landscapes, wildlife, industrial and whatever else is decided by the group as a whole. As many of the projects are guided you will not need any previous experience and those that have experience are very much encouraged to put their own spin into the work.

Individual development and projects are an important part of this course including working on imaginative and abstract, painting from photographs or studies designed to help you understand the medium better.

If you have never painted in oils previously please check out the materials and equipment list here. If, as many of us do, you have acquired a bunch of equipment then please do bring it along to your first session with me to get a little feedback on what is going to be useful and what you may need in addition. One important point on paint that I need to mention refers to water based oils, I am not a fan of this medium I really don’t think it achieves the level of sophistication that true oils can. That said you are more than welcome to use these in preference on the course.

Below is a list of suggested equipment and materials that you will need over time. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any of this or you have other stuff in your art box…. Bring along what you do have, there is always enough materials available to get you started on the way!

Suggested Equipment
Table top easel
20×16″ canvas boards
Pallet, jars, charcoal, eraser
White Spirit
Artists Turpentine
Linseed Oil

Suggested brushes (suitable for oils)
1″ filbert
No. 8-12 round
1/2″ Filbert
No.2-3 detail

Oils Pallet

Earth Colours
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow
Lemon Yellow – optional
Naples Yellow – optional

Sap Green

Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue – optional
Prussian Blue
French Ultramarine

Purple Lake
Cobalt Violet (or just Violet)

Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose (or magenta)
Cadmium Red light or medium
Cadmium Orange (or just orange)



One Response to Oil’s for Fun

  1. Hilary Weaver says:

    Hello will you be running this course again after this one. Thanks Hilary

    PS do you ever run a charcoal or chalk class. Thanks

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