A few months ago, I painted my first oil painting. Now, I feel invincible.
Which is why I have now taken to the internet with this “tutorial” on how to paint a painting. With two paintings under my belt, I’m basically an expert.
But, in all honesty, this was very easy and anyone could do it. Here’s how.
Pre-1. Find something to paint on. I got this piece of glorified cardboard at a thrift store when I purchased the frame that this painting is going in. I shun painting traditions like, you know, canvas. Although that would be a good option too.
1. Paint the sky using a ton of white paint and a teeny tiny bit (not kidding–just the smallest dab) of blue paint. I like texture, so I left a lot of brushmarks. Don’t worry about cloud formation or anything like that…let it happen naturally. I’m pretty sure that’s how it works in the real live sky, after all.
2. Then use a whole bunch of blue paint and only a teeny tiny bit of white paint. I also used a very small amount of darker blue paint to add some definition in the waves.
3. Create the beach using a bunch of sand-colored paint and a teeny tiny bit of white paint (are you seeing a pattern here?)
Post-3. Get your husband to compliment your new, original oil painting!
I forgot to mention the extra credit part of this tutorial: visit the actual beach to do some in-person research. It can’t hurt.
The worst part about using oil paints (other than the fact that you can’t clean them up with water) is that oil paints take FOREVER to dry. FOREVER. I desperately want to pop this in its frame but am restraining myself because it would not be pretty.
Any other artists out there? Let’s talk.