Share it Please
Palette for your paint
Solvent Mixture (1/2 part stand oil and 1/2 part mineral spirits)
Piece of paper
Pencil & Eraser
Paper towels (to clean brushes)
Easel or surface to paint on
Light source (I used a desk lamp)
Apron (optional, but recommended)
Step One: Set up your display
Keep in mind that you want a pleasing composition. A light source adds shadows, which will give your painting dimension.
Step Two: Thumbnail sketch
This will allow you to decide where exactly you are going to place your objects on your canvas. (Landscape vs portrait layout, fitting everything the frame vs cropping)
Step Three: Sketch it on your canvas
Make sure to include the shadows! (I know my vase is shorter than it is supposed to be, but I didn't want to crop it out of the frame.)
Step Four: Refine
Use Burnt Umber to outline your sketch, but be sure to refer back to the display. (Your sketch drawing may not be completely accurate.)
Step Five: Fill in shadows
Use Burnt Umber again to fill in the shadows, applying the solvent mixture to thin out your paint.
Step Six: Paint your darkest darks and lightest lights
Step Seven: Cover your canvas
Step Eight: Blending and Details
The thing I love about oil paint is that it takes a while to dry, unlike acrylic. So blending is much easier to do.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! You don't have to have a fancy set up to do this (I covered my ironing board and used it for my materials). Just have fun :]