When I paint in oils I immerse myself in the atmosphere, literally the scent of the spirits and mediums as well as the narrative that I am attempting to capture in the surface of the paint applied.

There is a subtle intuition that we tap into with oils, it should feel right, and by that I don’t mean accurate to any subject matter, I mean in the gut, I often say that the painting should be talking to you.

The approach to oil painting is a considered one, step back, look at the whole piece, make a few choice strokes and step back again. Don’t look to rush it and it will build up to deliver exactly what you intended.

Like with the other mediums I have discussed you should look for, at the very least, a student grade oil paint, my preference is Daler Rowney Georgian oils which have a very lovely buttery consistency.

With regard to brushes, tradition dictates coarse hog hair and similar but I will be honest I much prefer a softer brush and some of my smaller brushes are in fact watercolour brushes, with these I can achieve the soft and delicate blends so suited to the slow drying oil paint. Supporting my brushes are a couple of pallet knives which, when needed for rocks and deep groove textures are invaluable.

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