Oil painting is as intricate as playing the violin. The masters in both fields, however, began by learning the essential tips and techniques at some point. Here are the top techniques and tips every beginner in oil painting should grasp:
- Keep your safety paramount
Some painting surfaces, such as those made of oil are flammable and emit dangerous fumes that could prove toxic to your respiratory system. When using potentially hazardous material, consider wearing safety masks and painting in well-ventilated rooms. To stay safe as a beginner, however, consider using safe materials such as those made from acrylic compounds.
- Paint one subject repeatedly
Sharpen your creative side by painting a subject repeatedly. Repetition helps the painter to focus on the technique of oil painting. The painter will automatically begin paying attention to every brushstroke made after grasping the technique.
- Limit your palette
Limit your choice of colors to just a few – employing a riot of many colors does not translate to possessing a painting talent. If you must use many colors, begin with a few of them and progress slowly to more colors until you reach – in your judgment – a point of saturation. Keep in mind that when working with two colors that are considered to be opposite such as orange and blue, you’ll have to narrow your focus to their value (how dark or light a color is) then you would depend on their chroma or intensity.
- Hold your paintbrush right
Great oil painters master their paintbrush orientation. To get the best sensitivity and fluidity with your paint strokes, hold your paintbrush by the region between the middle and the backside tip. Great oil painters love to place their fingers as far off from the center of the paintbrush as possible, but not on the tip.
- Keep your colors virgin/pure
Firstly, use sparkling clean and dry brushes. Secondly, avoid mixing the colors in your palette by accident (drops of one color falling off from the brush to pots of other colors). This is to keep your painting clean and depict only the intended colors in their purest form.