Sunday, January 10, 2010

How to Paint Apples in Oils with Jerry Fresia

In this apples in oil video by artist Jerry Fresia you learn how to produce a simple oil sketch, starting with the composition in charcoal, then a simple under-painting and on through to the completed work.

Notice how this quick oil painting sketch is produced in a very loose style - you don't always have to get into tight detail to create a satisfying piece.

In fact, I think one of the best aspects for the beginner is to watch Jerry's technique at the start with the charcoal where he uses very loose, flowing charcoal outlines. He does this by moving his whole arm, not just his hand or wrist. As a result, the drawing has a lovely, natural flow to it.

See also how he applies the paint very simply. He doesn't worry about covering every millimeter of canvas with paint. Letting flecks of raw canvas show through often adds subtle texture and highlights to your work.

I hope this little Apples in Oil video will help to kick start you in painting with oils. You can see that you don't have to create a grand landscape like the Dutch masters of the past to produce a satisfying piece of work. 

Give it a go and discover that it's not as difficult as you might think!