Van Dyck painting of self portrait and a sunflower

How to oil paint – draw and apply color

The most common way of modern painting has painters drawing directly with their brush in color. The artist that I immediately think of that explains it best is John Singer Sargent. When this method of painting is followed, color is thought about right away and drawing and color are not separated at all. In my 25 years plus of study, I have found that this is a radical change from how paintings used to be made.

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Renoir's Dancer being used for a lesson on how to paint soft edges

Oil Painting Soft Edges – Getting Rid Of That Cut Out Look

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Many paintings of art students look like colored in drawings instead of a painting. One of the main causes of this is when they first draw the outlines of the painting using pencil and then simply try to fill it all in in one layer. It’s a very common problem that usually leads to disappointment because you will have a very rigid looking painting with hard outlines. Also, did you know you can actually help to solve this problem by learning to draw better. Remember, drawing is not just making an outline around an object. In the short video that I made for you, I use the painting of a master to explain the concept. The painting is of a little girl with a frilly dance costume. Certainly a piece of material that does not call for a hard outline.

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