|Written by Bill Hanks|
Many of us have visited art museums. ¬†We have purchased art paintings, as decor for our homes. ¬†However, only a select few individuals have taken the time to develop their artistic skills, through oil paintings. ¬†This article will explain the basics of getting started with oil paints.
There is no one way to express your hidden talent. ¬†When you paint, you either do landscapes, portraits or still life. ¬†Each individual has to find their own way, when creating art from one of of these three methods. ¬†Art should touch an individuals heart or their head. ¬†Some individuals enter a mental zone, when doing art. ¬†They lose track of time and things happening around them.
Oil painting requires two important things. ¬†Those things are time and patience. ¬†Try not to get frustrated. ¬†Oil drys slow. From time to time, you have to take a break. ¬†During these breaks, examine the color, edges and value of your composition.
There are five important areas to consider when oil painting. ¬†They are color, composition, edges, values and textures.
1. ¬†Color; Work towards harmony with your color.
2. ¬†Composition; ¬†Is how you put your oil painting together.
3. ¬†Edges; ¬†Where two or more paint colors meet.
4. ¬†Values; ¬†Depth illusion is where paints overlap.
5. ¬†Textures; ¬†Thin and thick paints with oils.
Materials needed; ¬†water soluble paints, brushes (for beginners), canvas, easel.
Paints will come in tubes. ¬†Try to go with cheap paints at first. ¬†Colors needed will be Titanium White, Ivory Black, Cadmium Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light, and Cadmium Yellow. ¬†Pick up a book on how to mix paints.
Brushes can be very expensive. ¬†However, with the proper care, you can use them over and over. ¬†Purchase 2 small, 2 medium and 2 large.
Canvas; ¬†Always begin with the least expensive.
You will also need newspaper, and brush cleaner.
Finally, pick a subject and get started.