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Painting With Oils: Creating Vibrant Landscapes for Beginners

teacher avatar Antonia Dewey, Artist, Art Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction to Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 2. Discussing Materials - Oil Painting Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 3. Finding A Subject To Paint - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 4. Preparing The Painting Surface - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 5. The Underpainting And Sketch - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 6. The Painting Process - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 7. Class Project - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

    • 8. Conclusion to Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes

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About This Class

Welcome to Painting With Oils: Creating Vibrant Landscapes for Beginners!

My name is Antonia and I've been active in the art field for years. This is the first in a series of courses where I will guide you through everything you need to know to start painting and complete an art piece you will be proud of.

When it comes to painting, I strongly believe that watching other artists' painting process can be truly rewarding, as you could learn so many new techniques and methods that will inspire and help form your own style. I have been in that position countless times and I am hopeful that the information I include in this course, along with the practical demonstration, will be of great use to you.

In this course, we will focus on all of the steps required to get you started on your landscape oil painting journey. From art materials to a complete artwork. 

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to choose and use the materials required for painting with oils

  • How to choose a painting subject

  • How to prepare your painting surface

  • How to apply an underpainting and sketch your scene

  • How to block in the first layers of colors

  • How to complete a vibrant, loose painting
  • and MORE!

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Antonia Dewey

Artist, Art Instructor


Hello, I'm Antonia.

I have been active in the art-field for over ten years. What I teach will help you improve your drawing, from line to artwork!

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1. Introduction to Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Let's keep on one of the most popular subjects to paint to this day. So when they go painting glorious mountains or the wild, see a landscape his day to provide the viewer with an escape. A place where they could drift into a quiet moment. So all we need to do is painted. My name is Antonia doing, and I will be your instructor throughout this course. I will be guiding you through my painting process practice locally painting right here. I recommend this course for beginner artists. But if you want to paint a similar subject and you like the style of this painting, maybe you could find this course useful as well. To start, I will briefly explain what materials will be needed for this painting, as well as how to find the subject to paint and how to prepare your painting surface. From there, we will dive straight into painting as I believe everyone is excited to do so. And of course I will break this into various stages so you can take your time with it and enjoy it. So I will see you in the next lesson. 2. Discussing Materials - Oil Painting Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Hi and welcome to the first lecture. I will try to keep this one brief because obviously become way to start painting. First, I want to talk about the paint brushes. I want to use many brushes to complete this piece. I'm only going to use three brushes and one a large brush for the preparation of the surface. I'm using a template for applying just saw, but I will be showing that in the next videos. Next for the painting, I am using two long flats. One is a 6, another one is an eight, and A6, a number six pointed round brush for finer details. The pointed round brush as having synthetic bristles and they are softer. So when I'm applying those finer details, I'm actually caressing the surface of the canvas. While these other ones made of pink. And they are Rafa. So you can load them with a lot more paint and just obtain those juicy textures. Next we have the most important material of the more. And that is obviously the oil paints. I am going to be using dollar browning, a Georgian, and then go. These are considered to be a student paints, which means they are not the highest quality, but they're also not the lowest quality either. Of course now you could use whatever you can do hands-on. But I do not recommend using the lowest quality paints as I believe you are going to have difficulties with them. Maybe they're going to be two running on battery in your painting issue is going to become a mess. The colors that I'm going to be using in this video, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, yellow ocher, Alizarin, crimson, cadmium red, light. French ultramarine, cerulean blue, burnt sienna, and a white. Now, moving on to another, one of the most important ingredients for cooking our painting, thus serve is by going to paint on. Now there are many surfaces you could paint on. You can either paint it on a canvas such as this one. All right. Another good painting surface with b paper. In my case, I'm using Fabriano Mixed Media, which is thick enough for me to prepare it, applied gestures to it and then paint over when it comes to caches and preparations. If you want to actually make a painting on this one, is going to be a little bit more difficult. You will notice that the page is going to be wrinkly and or WE, and it's just not going to be good enough. And if you are planning to frame a painting such as that on a paper like this, you will have to make sure that you are framing it underneath the glass. Alright? Another painting surface you could use would be a Canvas wrapped board, such as this one. As you can see, this is one of the sketches and I didn't want to commit or via Canvas or bigger and all. So I just chose to paint it here. And yeah, the texture is really nice. This works another painting surface that turned out to be very resourceful for me would be the back of old sketchbooks and so on. As they're all made out of this thick cardboard that you put always used to applying your sketches on. Well, this one has proven very resourceful for me. As I have completed this sketch that I had in mind for a long time. And I didn't even have to prime it. But it's also important to mention that this one is acrylic, not oil. If this would have been oil, this board wouldn't have looked like this. Would have been a lot more affected by the next. And the last painting surface that are willing to be talking about is MDF panels. Panels are a very important resource for me and definitely inexpensive. They're very inexpensive. You can find them literally at every hardware store in your area. And they usually come in big sizes. But you can always ask someone to cut them for you all if you are more fortunate and can do that yourself at home. Even better. So if properly prepped. These ones make for great surfaces, great textures, and great paintings. And also this is the one I'm going to be using for making this painting. Next, I also make use of turpentine. Serpentine is the brush cleaner. For your sake. I do recommend you get all the realistic and time. I recommend using a small jar such as this one. Or if you have a bigger jar, use that one. Just always make sure that you cover it up with a live when you are finished. Next, we have the white spirits. Now the white spirits are used for thinning your pins when you want to apply a thinner layer of paint. And you don't want to use the colors straight out of the tube without mixing to anything else. Next, you're going to need a pallet of some kind. What I am using is a cure or palate such as this one. It's got 40 seats and it's got a very slippery surface. And the best part about this is that after you have finished painting, you just tear off the page, throw it in the trash can, and you don't have to clean anything after. But if you do not want to use a tear of balance such as mine, you could always use a piece of glass. And we'll piece of glass you have around your house some way that nobody's using. It could always make use of that as well. That's also easy to clean hybrid, but a fabric or a paper towel for another material that you are going to be meeting would be your palette knife. Now, this palette knife is used for mixing colors in order to make sure your palette knife is a good balance tie. A check for its flexibility. If it bends like this, it means it is no good palette knife. If it doesn't bend, that is most likely going to break while you are going to try to mix your paints. The last material you will need will be paper towels or a piece of fabric that you are not using anymore. You are going to be needing these for cleaning your brush of paint. Before moving into the second lesson of the course, I want to mention some useful tips. Once you have finished your painting, make sure you don't throw it. The turpentine. Cover this up with a lid and let it sit. This way. The pigment is going to settle at the bottom of the jar and you will give clear turpentine. So you will be able to salvage this and save a lot of money. As a second step, if you are using a fabric to clean your brushes, make sure you watch those with dish washing liquid. This will help because the oils are water resistant. As a third tip, if you are using a glass palette for your paintings, make sure you cover those edges with some masking tape. That way you are going to avoid sharp edges and unfortunate class. And finally, the fourth tip. When it comes to canvas sizes, make sure you start small, small like this, or smaller than this. Don't go bigger. The bigger Canvases of fitting in more details. So, yeah, if you are a beginner artist, I do recommend you start on a smaller surface. This way, you can focus on the shapes and the fewer elements in your painting. Because after all, these are the most important ones. So there we go. These are all the materials that are waiting to be using and also the materials that are becoming to you as well. In the next lesson, I am going to talk about composition and how to find the perfect subject to paint. 3. Finding A Subject To Paint - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Hi. In this video, I will be talking about how you could find a suitable reference for your landscape. Now the options are many, from finding a picture on a stock image website to traveling someplace in person and taking a picture yourself. Firstly, if you are interested in finding your image online, I recommend the Pexels, Pixabay, and on splash. These websites provide copyright-free images that you cannot order spate. The benefit about this, it is easy and quick to find an image that you might want to paint. However, I have found that images of these websites are mostly using filters or color adjustments to make the picture look better than reality. It does computer full nonetheless, but for many artists and art viewers, capturing and natural light and the landscape is part of the charm. And you might not want to lose that. Secondly, if you are living in a petrous area or if you are fortunate enough to travel around the world. All I can recommend is using a good quality camera and taking a picture of such beautiful sights, any camera would work as long as the image is not blurry or distorted. As for the composition, make sure you're painting does not have too many elements. All these elements will fight for the viewers attention, which all makes them busy and cluttered painting generally don't want to have one subject. And many of the elements in your painting are suppose to draw the attention of the viewer towards that subject. Your viewers eyes can then risk and taking the painting and the story that you're painting conveys as well. That's pretty much all when it comes to finding the subjects to paint. Now, what we need to do is preparing the surface we are going to paint on and finally, moving into painting. So I'm going to be seeing you in the next video where I'm going to show you how to prime your surface with white. Just 4. Preparing The Painting Surface - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Hi. In this video, we will be preparing our surface for painting. For me, this process is very necessary as I'm working on an MDF panel. But if you are working on canvas, you don't need to do this step. However, I still recommend it if you don't like working with a texture of your campus. But just sewed canvas will help you obtain more expressive brush strokes. So if that is what you want, it all comes down to what you feel best. So, but that said, let's begin. Firstly, private painting surface you just saw and a large brush that you don't mind losing has the vessel will affect the brush. So I recommend designating. You're just going to one specific brush that you will be using for this task from now on. I also recommend that once you have finished just sewing, that you clean your brush with water as soon as you finish. Alright, so place your panel or campus on a working surface that you don't mind staining because it will happen. He trusts me. Just summing is a simple process, takes a brush full just so and simply start applying. Don't worry about your brushstrokes. These, this is not the painting. Will also happen. If you're justice starts to dry, you will find bits of Jessica. And I recommend you pull out body can, so your painting surface will get affected by them. If you are using an MDX panel like me, I recommend the second layer of JSON. Once the first one has dried, it takes a few hours for the JSR to dry, so I recommend starting early in the morning. Preparing your surface on offense, once the vessel has fully dried, we are ready to start painting and there we have it. I will leave the spinal to dry and see you in the next lesson where we will give our surface of base there of veins and sketch on Enscape. See you then. 5. The Underpainting And Sketch - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Now that the gestural has dried, the surface is ready for painting. I've printed out a picture of my subject and stuck it up nearby for easy viewing. Of course, if you have a nearby laptop, desktop, or even your phone, you can display the image there as well. But before I begin the sketch, I'm going to give the surface of warm under painting. The underpainting is a base layer, typically of one color that helps make my painting colors warmer. It will also help me distinguish the colors better than the white of the gesture. So I have chosen burnt sienna and with the help of white spirits, I am going to thin the paint and start covering the surface. Now that the under painting is done, I'm going to do a sketch instead of waiting for it to dry so I can sketching pencil. I'm going to sketch by lifting color with some paper. With that, I take a good look at my image and I start sketching. What I am trying to do here is established the major elements of my painting. Remember, don't go crazy with the d to us as we are trying to make a painting that simplifies life. Rather than copying the subject line by line, dot by dot. The sketch is not very detailed, but it has all the information I need to begin blocking in. You can, of course, take your time and create a more detailed sketch if that suits your style of pink. And there we go. I have my under painting and must sketch. In the next lesson, I will be blocking in the color. See you then. 7. Class Project - Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: No doubt you are very eager to paint as well. I believe the painting that I have created might be a little bit too complicated for beginners. But I have chosen this specific picture to show you how I am dealing with the details without much fuss. So with that said, let's move on to the project. I have chosen this picture for your project as I believe it will make for excellent practice. It is not so busy and the relation between the lights and the darks is pleasing to the eye. I will post this picture as a project and the discussions. But if you don't wish to download it, you can also pause the video and use the picture like that to access the picture. Simply go to Projects and Resources and you can find it and download it from there. Now, I am an active instructor, which means I am always here to answer your questions and provide feedback. I would love to see your work or answer any questions you might have. By the same token, you do not need to use a picture that I have provided. If it isn't your style, I would still love to see him provide any feedback or nightmarish you have created. With that said, all you need to do is submit them in the discussions below, I will see you in the next video where I will discuss where to go from here. 8. Conclusion to Oil Painting - Creating Vibrant Landscapes: Well, first of all, thank you so much for watching my course. I really hope my painting process has been helpful to you. I know that for me, watching other artists at work has been very helpful and inspiring. It really helped me develop new techniques and form the style that I have nowadays, a truly held more process has been abused in the same way to you. If you enjoyed this course, please be sure to check out my profile. I have a variety of courses there from portraits, two figures that might be also helpful. As always, if you have any questions upon finishing this course, please let me know in the discussion is below. I look forward to seeing some of your work. Once again, thank you so much for watching, make it a great week and I hope to see you in the next courses.