Oil Painting Daily Challenge
Intermediate | 3 hours 15 min
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Daily painter Erika Lee Sears shares her love of oil paints and the tips and tricks she’s picked up after five years – and counting – of painting every single day. Learn brush handling, how to mix the perfect “black,” and how to work with oil paints in a no-fuss, carefree way. Painting these simple sketches for an entire month enables good working habits and develops a familiarity and comfort with often-daunting oil paint. You’ll work from included reference photos and will learn how to enhance their colors to create vibrant little paintings in your sketchbook.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • An assortment of oil paint. Erika uses Gamblin brand in the following colors: Ivory black, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, viridian yellow ochre, titanium white, burnt umber, alizarin crimson, viridian green or pthalo green 
  • Palette paper
  • Bee Creative Mixed Media Art Journal in 4” x 6” and 6” x 9”
  • Palette knife
  • Gamsol
  • Container
  • Paper towels
  • Enamel tray
  • Size 2 round brush
  • Size 8 filbert brush
  • Size 6 flat brush
  • Blackwing pencil
  • Photo references
Downloads:
Learn how to:
  • Paint from a photo
  • Make a loose sketch for painting
  • Mix color
  • Work with oil paint
  • Mix the perfect black
  • Create shadows and light
  • Work with color interaction
  • Enhance a painting from a photo reference
  • Paint on paper
What you'll get:
  • A 31-day series of easy-to-follow video lessons on how to paint with oils
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions by painter Erika Lee Sears
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
69 users recommended this class to a friend
rosiland henderson
So excited to get started
More than 3 months ago
De Ette M Warren
What a fun class... perfect for exploring oil paints. The daily exercises were a good mix of easy/difficult assignments that gave me a good foundation for the medium.
More than 3 months ago
Valerie Egan
I really enjoyed this class and appreciate how approachable it made oil painting - for example, painting on paper instead of having to buy special canvases, reusing your palettes, etc. I took one class years ago in oil painting and it made it feel impossible to do on a daily basis, so Erica's combo of technique, simple subjects, and simple materials is really awesome. I just wish there were more explanation of how to keep brushes clean as I proved to be terrible at this - constantly fighting muddy colors - and that maybe the excellent teacher were not quite so speedy! I would warn folks not to try to keep up with her; just watch the lesson first and have fun!
More than 3 months ago