Top 10 Tips for Beginning Oil Painting

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Artists have been painting with oil paints for hundreds of years and oil paints continue to be popular worldwide due to their versatility, quality, and color. While getting started with oil painting is fairly easy, there is a little bit more to it than acrylics since you are working with toxic solvents and mediums and the drying time is much longer. Individual artists who have been painting for awhile have their own favorite brands, brushes, palettes, and mediums, but here are some general tips that may be useful to you if you are just starting out with oil paints.

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Tip #1: Start small. Painting small gives you the chance to try out techniques and experiment with color without investing too much time or material into the process

Tip #2: Set up a space in a well-ventilated area where you can keep your palettes and supplies out and at-the-ready and your paintings visible. This will give you the chance to see and think about your work, even if you’re not actually painting.

It will also make the process of painting easier so that you will be inclined to paint more often, even daily if possible. Your work will improve rapidly if you paint a lot. This is the practice of making art.

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