Oil Painting Basics are crucial to creating a painting that works

Oil painting basics include five critical items that are:

* Composition

* Color

* Value

* Texture

* Edges

I will discuss each item separately with a link to another page that will give you more information about each concept.

COMPOSITION is HOW you put your picture together, where you place the different items in the picture. The arrangement of forms, lines, values and other elements in the artwork. It is very important to plan your composition ahead of time before you start the actual painting. Your main objective in composing the composition is to get your viewer to focus on your focal point or center of interest. This is done by "leading" the eye around the picture in different ways to your focal point.

COLOR is what it is all about. Color is what makes or breaks a painting. You must have harmony in your color usage. You will learn all about color and its terminology by clicking on the COLOR link.

VALUES or shading is how you get the 3-Dimension look in your painting. This is what gives you your "depth" illusion. One way of getting this depth is by overlapping objects in your picture. I will be showing you many ways to achieve this by using different values in the painting.

TEXTURE is what you do when you paint from thin to thick paint with oils. You can use thicker paint in the more important areas of your painting to give your painting a textured look.

EDGES are where two paint colors meet in a painting. You will learn to soften these edges. There are hard and soft edges in a painting. Hard edges are used mostly around the center of interest or focal point.

Click on each link above in oil painting basics to get more information about each one.