How To Series 

7 Tips For Creating Your First Oil Painting

Once you have gathered your supplies and familiarized yourself with the fundamentals, you are prepared to embark on creating your debut oil painting. Here are a few steps to contemplate:

Start Simple

Begin with a simple subject. A still life or a landscape with large blocks of color can be great starting points. Sketch your composition with a thin paint wash before wearing thicker layers.

Layer Your Painting

Build your painting up layer by layer. Start with an 'underpainting' using thinned-down paint, establish your darks and lights, then gradually add more layers to develop textures and details.

Keep your Paints Workable

Because of their slow-drying nature, oil paints can remain workable for several days. Use a palette with a lid or cover your palette with cling film to keep the paints from drying out between sessions.

Clean Brushes

Clean your brushes thoroughly after every painting session to prolong their lifespan. Use a brush cleaner or solvent (like turpentine or mineral spirits), but remember to do this in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes.  

Paint Over Mistakes 

One of the advantages of oil painting is its forgiving nature. Mistakes can be easily corrected even after the paint has dried. You can scrape off unwanted paint using a palette knife or paint over it once it's dry.

Learn From the Masters 

One of the best ways to learn about art is to study the work of the masters. You can learn so much from many great masters and artists.  Make it a habit also to study them, their lives, and their artwork

Experiment & Explore 

Don't be afraid to experiment as you gain confidence and mastery over your tools and techniques. Try painting different subjects, using new techniques, and developing your unique style.

Your artistic journey is not a destination, but it is a journey. Each time I oil paint, I learn and discover something new.