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Exploring Oil Painting

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BC: Explore what interests you and what kind of artist you want to become through lots of experimentation and research. If it doesn't interest you, it won't interest anyone else!

FC: Exploration in Oil Painting

1: Austin Smith LIS 120-01 Sandra Bates-Hart

2: Choosing lumber to build your canvas is an important step. Make sure the wood has not splintered, is relatively consistent in level, and has few knots.

3: Visit your local woodshop to build the skeletal structure of your canvas.

4: Several tools will be needed to stretch the raw canvas over your stretcher. Stretching is a very important step in making your canvas

5: Stretching the raw canvas over your stretcher is very important. Make sure that the canvas is evenly stretched and is very tight.

6: Put 3-4 coats of gesso on your canvas, keeping the consistency smooth and even. Allow 1-2 hours for each coat to dry, using sandpaper to smooth the surface each time.

7: Paint thinners are usually used to avoid overusing paint. The amount of thinner will determine the opacity of the paint.

8: A wide range of brushes is useful for creating a plethora of different marks, which opens your range of creativity.

10: A nice, organized paint palette will make mixing color more discernible and will make the process of mixing less messy.

11: A messy paint palette can be a pain to clean up and makes it difficult to mix paint.

12: In the same way as your palette, keeping your paint tubes overall will minimize frustration and will conserve your paint.

13: A messy toolbox can damage your tools and can cause general disarray and confusion.

14: You may also find a wide variety of palette knives to be very helpful when dealing with texture and surface. Try out several to see which best fits you.

15: Try starting with a gray-scale palette to experiment with realizing shades of light and dark among observed objects.

16: Experiment with color and brush-use.

18: Working from observation is very helpful to increase your perception skills.

19: Pay attention to texture and overall mood of your painting.

20: Pushing texture with your painting can add intrigue and harmony to your image

21: Being a good artist does not necessarily mean "life-like"

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