What should I look for in oil painting techniques?
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What should I look for in oil painting techniques?

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There are countless oil painting techniques. People learning to paint and individuals interested in understanding art should know as much as possible about the various ways to wield a paintbrush.

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One popular oil painting technique is blocking color. Use diluted brush strokes to block in the outline of an object or subject. Use the same color of paint to outline and fill in the object.

Chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique that has been around for centuries. It concentrates on the movement of light and helps to bring movement to painted objects. Chiaroscuro is achieved through a balanced contrast of light and dark. In this technique, shadows are usually completely black, and backgrounds are typically neutral.

Another great way to experiment with oil painting is by using different types of brush strokes. Over the course of art history, brush strokes have ranged from lines the length of a canvas to minuscule dots. Try out various strokes to see how they affect the painting.

Color palette is one of the most important considerations in oil painting. Experiment with a monochromatic color scheme. Pick one color, and then create an entire painting using nothing but the shades it can make. Then try experimenting with complementary colors. Mix together yellow and purple, orange and blue or green and red. See what happens when colors from opposite sides of the color wheel are placed next to each other.

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