There are millions of posts and videos about oil painting on the web. And believe me, I have read and watched thousands of them. So, what you will read is (I hope) a short summary of all those instructions.
- Visit www.drawmixpaint.com and watch Mark Carder’s videos on color mixing and painting a still life. Study his method. If you have the budget, buy his paints. If you don’t, any student grade paint will do just fine for the exercises.
- Stop thinking about painting for a day, or a week. Read good literature, for example Bel Ami from Guy de Maupassant. Observe the world, contemplate the light and shadow.
- Think of the objects with single local color at home. Jugs, vases etc. Examine them. Choose a favorite one. The one that you really like.
- Draw it twice with pencil on paper. First without measuring, and then with measuring the proportions with your pencil and your thumb.
- Buy a pastel pencil and a small canvas.
- Draw the object on canvas with pastel pencil. (It’s easy to erase with hand). Rest for one day. Keep the drawing away from toddlers.
- Place the object next to a window. Prepare 7 to 10 shades (values) of the local color using Mark Carder’s method.
- Paint the background completely black around the pastel pencil lines.
- Finish painting the object in one session. Remember not to make repeated strokes at the same point: Once you put the paint down, don’t disturb it. Take a step back frequently to examine the painting. And always enjoy the process. If you make a mistake, it’s always easy to correct with the surrounding color.
- Post the painting in Wetcanvas oil painting forum and watch out for the constructive criticism. Start a new painting. Experiment with different subjects and compositions.
I hope this simple roadmap helps you to start. You can share your opinions below.