There are a variety of methods for removing oil paint from a brush. If you were to ask 5 different artists how they clean their brushes, you would more than likely get 5 different answers. Some artists use turpentine or mineral spirits while others prefer to use safer alternatives like baby oil or citrus based cleaners.
I would like to outline my process for cleaning my brushes in this post as well as include articles and videos from other artists. This way you will have a variety of resources to help you choose the method you are most comfortable with. The main objective with cleaning your oil painting brushes is to remove as much pigment as possible from the brush immediately after each use. Also important, is try your best to maintain the brushes original shape.
I would like to start by sharing the supplies that you will need if you decide to go with my method of oil paint brush cleaning. I do not use any dangerous solvents, thinners or chemicals to clean my brushes.
In this free oil painting video lesson by artist Dick Ensing you will learn a method for starting a landscape painting using oil paint. This is not the only way to start an oil painting, but it is an excellent method and one that every beginner should become familiar with.
The artist will be working from a photograph of a scene in Tennessee. He will begin with a value sketch using only one color, Cerulean Blue. He is using Charvin Oils for this particular lesson. He says he likes these oils because they have excellent pigment strength and when they dry, the color is very close to the color you start out with. He also points out that he likes to work with flat brushes with long bristles. He says the longer bristles last longer and they give you a nice chiseled edge to work with while you are painting.
He very lightly begins to sketch in his composition using the Cerulean Blue. He is just looking for shapes at this point. While he is laying out his composition, he is careful not to place his focal point directly in the center of the canvas as this will produce a boring painting. He places his focal point off to the left of the center.
This 50 minute lesson introduces the foundational principles of representational art and demonstrates how each one applies specifically to the subject of painting. These four principles (Drawing, Value, Color and Edges) guide every decision that the artist makes during the painting process. This lesson introduces and demonstrates how to use all four principles by painting a simple apple.
Some of the topics that are discussed include: establishing reference points when painting; measuring accurately; thinking in terms of shapes; value relationships; using complimentary colors; warm and cool colors; incorporating a variety of edges within a painting.
Brian Neher is a professional portrait painter whose work has been featured in American Artist Magazine and on national television. He has studied under world renowned portrait painter, Joe Bowler, and his paintings can be seen in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
About The Artist
Chris Saper has painted commissioned portraits for fifteen years, following a seventeen-year career as a health care executive in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her painting schedule, she is an active portrait instructor, teaching both portrait painting and business skills. Chris is the author of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color and Light
About Jon Friedman
Jon R. Friedman was born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Princeton University with Bachelor of Arts Degree and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Art Academy located in Michigan.
Jon R. Friedman paints landscapes, figure paintings, and commissioned portraits. He also creates assemblages and constructions and site-specific installations. Friedman has studios in both New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. See Jon Friedman’s Resumé for more information.
Learn how to paint a portrait in oils with this free step by step video demonstration by Artist Irv Rudley. This is a two part video lesson that is approximately 15 minutes in length.
visit his Website here. I am a huge fan of his work and his lessons. Here is another fantastic landscape oil painting demo of his that I posted on this site not too long ago. This is a five part video demonstration that is approximately 1 hour in length, so make certain to free up enough time to watch the whole thing.
In part 1 of this tutorial, Jon starts with a toned canvas. He then takes some Burnt Sienna that has been thinned down with paint thinner and begins to lay out his composition. He divides his composition into thirds. The rule of thirds is a popular compositional guideline that artists follow to ensure they have an interesting composition. It ensures that your composition will not be divided in half, which is a big no no in painting. Jon then begins to block in the sky. He starts at the horizon with a mixture of Burnt Sienna, Blue and a touch of red.
Liquin is an alkyd based medium that has been formulated for use with oil paints. The Liquin alkyd mediums are made by treating a natural oil like Linseed Oil with alcohol and acid, hence the name “alkyd”. Alkyds speed up the drying time of conventional oil paints by about 50%. So an oil paint that usually takes 2-12 days to dry to the touch, will now take 1-6 days to dry to the touch.
Apart from speeding up the drying time of oil paints, Liquin mediums also have other uses that are described in the video below.
Liquin mediums are available in a variety of different consistencies depending on the effect you are after. Read more
About Byron Pickering
As a child growing up among the lakes of Wisconsin, he found it was the water and the rocky shores of Lake Superior that enticed his childhood artistry – along with portraits of local friends.
It was only after completing study at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and Design and a stint in this fast-paced industry, that he made his way to Oregon as a ministerial student. A short move to the coast came naturally.
By Philip Howe
The following oil painting demonstration is courtesy of Philip Howe . When you are finished viewing this demonstration, please take a moment to visit Philip’s site to view more of his artwork and to learn more about him.
You may also be interested in Philip’s New Book:
“Angels – The Artwork of Philip Howe”
This book is 134 full-color pages of the beautiful artwork of Philip Howe. The reproductions are from his spiritual and dream series of oil paintings, with dozens of images, exclusive close-up shots from the originals, and over 40 pages of demonstrations for artists and collectors. It is printed on soft matte paper, the same as our quality prints, so the color is rich and clean, with each spread designed to fit the images.