Free Oil Painting Lessons & Demonstrations

Welcome to the oil painting section of On the following pages you will find a great selection of step by step oil painting demonstrations, techniques and tips that I am sure you will enjoy. The art instruction on the following pages has been generously donated by professional artists from all over the world. We are most grateful for their generosity and we hope you enjoy! Happy painting!

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  • How to Paint a Lily Flower in Oils

    How to Paint a Lily Flower in Oils

    By Beatriz Socorro

    Beatriz Socorro began her formal art training at age 10. During 5 years, she studied art with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Montreal, Canada, where she learned drawing, perspective, the use of light and shadow to obtain depth and likeness as well as clay sculpture. Professionally, she worked as a photographer and today uses her own photos as subjects for her colorful oil paintings which are characterized by their vividness and visual impact...

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  • Painting the Breaking Wave Oil Painting Wave Techniques

    Oil Painting Wave Techniques

    By Byron Pickering

    While the images in this article are part of a completed painting, this demonstration will center on the structure and contours of the basic breaking wave. The completed wave – including the breakover, transparencies, foam patterns and foamburst – is shown below as a guide to the finished composition....

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  • Cedar Crossing - A Step-by-step Oil Painting Demonstration By Aaron Holland

    Cedar Crossing By Aaron Holland

    By Aaron Holland

    This winter I decided to tackle a painting I have thought about for a number of years. I am just finishing up on it, and I thought I would share it with you.

    I was inspired by a scene I saw once upon a time. ..The town I live in has many buildings that date back over a hundred years, on a quaint main street with vintage lamp posts. The lights hanging in the trees and the freshly fallen snow gave the town a timeless christmas feel. When I saw the horse and carriage trotting slowly down the street knew I had to paint it someday!

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  • “Vineyard Patterns” - An Oil Painting Demonstration by Jennifer Young

    Vineyard Patterns By Jennifer Young

    By Jennifer Young

    I often head out to the Virginia mountains to do some plein air painting, and on a morning last week I visited Veritas Vineyards in Afton Virginia. This is a beautiful winery and there are many possibilities for painting subject matter...

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  • Aspen Grove Study oil painting lesson

    Aspen Grove

    By Jim Thomas

    This painting is inspired by my many hikes amongst local Aspen groves in various seasons in northern Arizona, and the idea lends itself to my "discovery" approach, painting into a dark value background without a definitive drawing. This allows for spontaneous discovery and great joy while painting.

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  • Cienga oil painting lesson

    Cienga Oil Painting Lesson Picture

    By Julie T. Chapman

    ”Julie T. Chapman is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and the American Academy of Women Artists. She has shown in numerous national and international juried and invitational exhibitions, won some terrific awards, and offers a yearly artist workshop for aspiring animal artists. Her work hangs in a number of galleries in the western U.S. and can also be seen on her website. She offers a monthly email ‘ArtZine’ with news, images and art musings – sign up at her website”.

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  • Plein Air Painting Demo in Oils

    Plein Air Painting Demo

    By Donald Neff

    The Truckee River between Lake Tahoe and Reno is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, whether you are a fisherman, rafter, swimmer, biker, walker, etc. there is something for everyone.This painting was part of a series I did of the Truckee River over the winter of 2004-2005. We had record snowfall that year, but by late April, when this painting was done, quite a bit of the snow was gone and replaced by the grassy riverbank.

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  • Oil Painting Demonstration - Painting Horses in Landscape with Figures

    Painting Horses in Landscape by Elin Pendleton

    By Elin Pendleton

    This painting lesson will show you how I move from an original idea, through the entire process as I paint an equine subject in my studio...

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  • Painting Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountains....

    Lachlan Donald

    By Paul Rupert

    The summer views of Lake Louise seem to offer the most colorful time of the year - contrasting the glistening white snow fields with the varying shades of browns and greens in the valley below.

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  • Painting with pure oil color and an egg oil emulsion.


    By Bruce Kaminski

    What follows is a description of my technique of painting with pure oil color and an egg oil emulsion. This process combines the vibrant color of oil paint with the intensity and durability of tempera.

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