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8 Oil Painting Techniques for the Inquiring Artist

Have you been wanting to bring something new and edgy into your oil painting? Have you thought about trying a new technique or approach to applying the paint? Here are some ideas that are sure to breathe new life into … Continue reading

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Mastering the 7 Key Components of Value: How to Paint Like a Modern-Day Rembrandt

Are you ready to take your painting to the next level? Would you like to know the secrets of painting like a modern-day Rembrandt? If you are a beginning painter, practicing the ideas in this article will put you light … Continue reading

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Gary Bolyer’s Top 7 How-to-Paint Blogs

Do you want your painting to totally kick-ass? Do you want to be a sexy art star? Then you must read these 7 art blogs that I have written. If you don’t know what I’ve been writing about lately, then … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create Great Abstract Paintings from Nature

“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.” –  Georgia O’Keeffe Nature has always been one of the favorite sources of inspiration for oil painters.  And … Continue reading

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Do You Know These 5 Oil Painting Health Risks?

Do you know about the many health risks associated with oil painting? Do you know how to best protect yourself, your family and pets, in the studio? We’ve all heard the saying, “A ounce of prevention is worth a pound … Continue reading

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9 Top Oil Paints Rated for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever found yourself in front of the rows and rows of oil paints unable to decide which ones were best suited for you?  Have you found yourself confused by the many manufacturers of oil paints and their claims? … Continue reading

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3 Common Oil Painting Problems and How to Resolve Them

Have you ever had a problem in your oil painting such as cracking or dull finish?  Oil painting is a pretty forgiving medium, but there are things that can go wrong and ruin your artwork if you aren’t aware of … Continue reading

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Top 6 Ways to Create Texture in Oil Painting

Have you ever wanted to experiment with texture in oil painting? Creating the right texture in oil painting can be a challenge as there as so many options from which to choose. Oil color, with its mediums, lends well to glazing … Continue reading

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Should You Use Black? For the Serious Oil Painter, It Is a Serious Question

Should you use black or not?  Since I began oil painting, it has been a hotly debated subject among serious artists. Even as early as 5 years ago when I took a portrait painting class at the Art Students’ League of … Continue reading

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Matte and Glossy Finishes in Oil Painting

Do you love being able to manipulate the finish in oil painting, making it matte, glossy, or somewhere in-between?   There are some artists who believe in a very traditional approach to oil painting in that the finish should be consistently … Continue reading

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