Oil Painting LessonIn this lesson we learn how to paint clouds.Items needed for how to paint clouds: 1" flat brush, dry 1" brush, soft mop brush, canvas, white paint, Prussian Blue or a dark blue paint, odorless paint thinner.
Here's the completed painting for reference. The sky area will be this lesson.
First spray the sky area lightly with odorless paint thinner. Start painting the sky area all white. Using the dark blue paint dab and twist the brush all across the sky area leaving some white showing.
While paint is still wet using the dry brush swipe across all of the area lightly until it starts looking like this:
Keep going back and forth until it all starts to blend and looks light a light cloudy day :) As we continue to learn how to paint clouds take the wet brush and dab white paint along the edges of the clouds in order to give depth to the clouds. See picture below.
Now take the soft mop brush and lightly blend the clouds by smoothing some of the edges. This will be up to you to mop brush areas until it looks the way you want it to look. You can brush at an upwards angle in some areas. It will look something like this picture.
Optional: Lastly add more white edges if needed with the flat brush for depth and end with the mop brush for any added blending that you may want.
This completes How To Paint Clouds.
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Oil painting made easy by following these simple steps to create this oil painting "Winter Blue".
Canvas, Oderless Paint Thinner, Cerulean Blue, White and Black oil paint. Flat 3/4" or 1 inch brush, small flat 1/4" brush, fork brush, and mop brush. My brushes look pretty beat up but they work better for me this way. My fork brush in this first picture of brushes is very used but works great for painting the leaves.
First lightly spray the canvas with oderless paint thinner. Using the wide flat brush paint the sky area (the top approx 1/3 of the canvas) with Cerulean Blue.
Using the wide flat brush apply the White paint. While the Cerulean Blue is still wet apply/blend the white brushing back and forth on top of the blue to make the clouds.
Using the wide flat brush now paint some mountains with the white paint. Be sure to make the mountains high enough so no unpainted canvas shows. Keep painting with the white all the remaining area of the canvas to the bottom. Don't forget to always paint the wrap around edges if you're using a wrapped canvas.
At the foot of your mountains using the wide flat brush and black paint lightly blend areas on top of the wet white paint. Areas higher up will be small brush strokes while closer up or lower on the canvas area will be larger wider brush strokes in order to give your painting depth.
Using the wide flat brush and black paint create the pathway. Make sure it's wider at the bottom and narrow at the top in order to give depth to the painting. Blend white in on top of the black wet paint in some areas to add depth to your path. Smaller strokes where the path is narrow larger strokes where the path is wider.
Using the small angle brush and black paint, paint the tree trunks. Smaller trees in the back and larger wider tree trunks in the front. Paint the branches using the edge or tip of the small brush.
Using the fork brush and white paint leaves by dabbing the paint around the branches to your liking. Dab dab dab until it looks full but not to full. You still want to see the sky and background through the leaves.
This last step of this "Oil Painting Made Easy" of painting the tree trunk shadows is optional. Take the soft mop brush and barely dip it in black paint create shadows of the tree trunks by very very lightly brushing the ground no wider than the trunk and at an angle coming away from the tree trunk. You need to be careful with this process in order for it to look nice. No worries if you mess it up just blend by brushing back and forth to erase the messed up trunk shadow. Then try again if you wish.
Please let me know if this lesson has been helpful.
How to oil paint this painting step by step. Note: For best results this painting must be done completely with wet on wet oil paint. Items needed: Canvas, Oderless Paint Thinner, Cerulean Blue, Dark Blue, White, Orange, and Black oil paint. Flat 3/4" inch brush, small detail brush, fork brush, and painters sponge.
Start by lightly spraying the canvas with odorless paint thinner. Using the flat brush and black paint paint the top half of the canvas black for the sky. Mix the orange paint in to create the late sunset look. You can paint a solid orange line across the bottom of the sunset so it appears brighter and fuller at the bottom. Add some white over the orange strip so it appears brighter as well.
Now paint the background land with black paint going from the bottom of the sky down approximately 3 inches stopping at the river bank edge. The river bank does not need to be a straight line.
Paint the remaining bottom area of the canvas Cerulean Blue blending a dark blue lightly to give the river or lake more depth. You can also blend lightly some white paint in areas along the bank to give more depth as well.
Continue to use the wide flat brush and black paint to paint the tree trunks by turning the brush sideways. Now use the small detail brush and paint the branches.
Using the fork brush and black paint dab around the tree branches to make the leaves.
Now take the sponge and lightly dip it in white paint and dab it along the river bank to make the shrubs.
Last and final step on how to oil paint: using the flat brush and a very small amount of black paint lightly drag the brush on the water to mirror the tree trunks. Make sure you paint the trees upside down and in line with the real trees so it appears as a reflection in the water. Also do not paint right from the edge. Start out a ways from the river bank. Then take the fork brush and very very lightly, barely touch the water and dab the trees to create the reflection of the leaves.
By the way you want your painting to look a little different so it will have your own style, so its okay if doesn't look exactly like mine.
I hope you enjoy these lessons on how to oil paint and realize how easy it is to do some oil paintings. Comments appreciated. If you like these lessons and would like to see more please let me know.
How to paint a sunset like this one. See other fine paintings available at Ron Turner Fine Art Web Site
It is actually very simple to paint this sunset. I'll explain how in this blog.
Items needed:You only need one paint brush (the flat brush 3/4" or 1" wide).
You only need these three oil colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Orange, and Prussian Blue.
Start Painting How To Paint A Sunset NowStart at the top of the canvas and paint about a third way down with Prussian Blue. While the blue is still wet use the Titanium White to blend in some clouds by lightly brushing up at an angle and horizontal back and forth so it doesn't look too even. Your painting doesn't have to match the above painting exactly but utilize the painting to give you an idea as you blend in the clouds.
Make sure the upper sky has larger clouds and smaller clouds towards the lower portion of the sky in order to give your painting depth. Depth is one of the most important aspects of any painting.
Using the orange paint, paint a strip about the width of the brush across the middle of the canvas.
Now using the white paint (while the orange is still wet), paint over the orange to make it lighter and so it appears brighter since its closer to the sun.
Continue painting with the white paint right up to the blue and white clouded sky that you completed earlier.
Now blend in the orange paint with light back and forth strokes so it looks like sunset on clouds.
Use the white paint to thicken up some of the cloud edges. You can do the same with the orange paint so it appears to be shining off the clouds. You can add lightly to some of the clouds inside the dark blue area as well.
All of the above should be done with wet on wet paint or on other words while all of the paint is wet.
Next lesson will be how to paint the bottom portion of the canvas as the ocean.
Oil Painting Video Lessons Coming soon