Things I Learned as an Oil Painter

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Greetings!

Over the past couple of years I've been jotting down the things that I've learned as an oil painter.  Some of them I read somewhere (probably more than a few came from DeviantArt), some have been passed down by wiser artists, and some I figured out through trial and a lot of error.  Regardless of their origin, I now have close to 50 "things" and I thought I'd share them with you.  I'm not claiming to be any kind of artist-guru type, but I practice these "things" on a regular basis.  They are real tips from a real semi-pro artist working hard at losing the "semi".  They may not all be for you, in fact some of them you may outright disagree with; but if we all shared the same opinions the world would be a very dull place (albeit more peaceful).

I plan to post a "thing" every few days (no set schedule: I'm an artist, not a tweet-bot).  I want to do this because I think a lot of these "things" are pretty cool (some are blindingly obvious, but I had to learn them).  It will also get me posting to DA when I don't necessarily have a painting to share.  Hopefully each "thing" will generate a little discussion.  Maybe I'll get back more "things" to add to my list and painting habits.  Maybe…just maybe…I'll get some fresh Facebook likes (www.facebook.com/MontrealArtis…)!

So over the next day or two I'll post "thing #1".  I'll reference this original post with each new "thing" in case you (or I) forget why I started this in the first place.

So…you interested?
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line-melte's avatar
I'm no oil painter, but this definitely sounds like an interesting idea! :meow:
maccski's avatar
Thanks - only a few things are specifically about oil painting. Some relate to the way I paint and some are probably relevant to almost everyone.
line-melte's avatar
I've seen your third installment and can verify this. :nod:
21stCenturyDamocles's avatar
cool i am all ears man love to share tips
JennyMoedKorpela's avatar
Of course, it sounds very interesting! Let them come!
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Penultimate-Pen's avatar
I'm interested! I'm always looking for pointers on oil painting.
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