Art Tips

How to paint an oil Landscape. Plein air.

Top 5 best tips how to start painting from “0”

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  1. Emily Charlotte Jane Savage says:

    I was wandering if there is a big difference in the quality of the oil paints depending on how cheap or expensive the oils are. Also what colours do you mainly use to mix skin colours for portraits? Thank you – by the way you are a amazing painter

    • Hi! The biggest difference is changes that can happen with oil paints in some years. When you are painting usually it is difficult to understand if they are good or bad, but in some years (around 10 for example) they can change colours or become dark (almost black) or lose colours so become very light. I think It depends mostly not on the price but on quality of the pigments. You know there are 2 types: natural and hues (analogs of natural). Natural are better but I used analogs many years ago (more than 10) and can’t say something has changed.

      I usually use paints that I know and have already used many times during years. Another trick is to use not too many colours – actually I use 5 paints for portraits. Of course I can add 2 more, for example – but I don’t use 60 different colours!! And you know you can easily find hundreds of different colours in art shops)) For skin I usually use ochre (light or golden), english red, white titanium, ultramarine, sienna burnt (sometimes raw)…hm, sometimes any cold yellow and cold red like cadmium red dark. I believe we can get every neccessary colour using these ones.

      about pricing…To be honest I have never used paints $100-150 for one tube. I guess the average price of paints I use now is around $10. My opinion is that first of all we should know paints we are gonna use, we need some experience so we would be able to see how they change within several years.

      I use usually russian firm, sometimes english or italian, once I used chinese. They are different in consistence. some of them have too much oil – that is not very good.

      So I can’t say that price does matter, but of course, oil can’t very cheap – so I would not buy paints that cost fishily cheap.

      I hope I helped you a little bit)you are welcome to ask more!


  2. Kilian says:

    Hello Sergey,

    your doing a very good job! I love the Rembrandt Portrait you did!
    I’m just starting to use oil paint and would like to know what you use to thin down your paint?
    When you’re painting the paint looks so smooth, almost watery and transparent.
    I’ve been digging through the internet and couldn’t find a satisfying answer.
    It would also be great if you could explain other products you use and when you apply them.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Dear Kilian! In the Rembrandt painting I used linseed oil, therefore the painting looked thin in the beginning – but then I added more impasto layers and less oil of course. But usually I paint enough impasto – using knifes. And use no oil or medium – only paints. Sometimes I paint thin with a knife – it is very simple to thin paints down with a knife – spread on a canvas. I will write more about techniques soon when I have a little time)) Thanks for asking! Sergey.

  3. Lora says:

    Hello Sergey,
    You doing Fantastic job!!!
    I like painting also,but I tried portpait. Can you give me advice please: when you painting portrait what are you mixing: paints and linseed oil ? or paints and turpentine?
    Thank you for answer to me, you can save my brain)))

    • Lora, usually linseed oil and oil paints, but if iam gonna paint a long study during several days i can start with turpentine because it dryes fast and let me continue to paint over the dry layer very soon.

  4. D.mclaren says:

    Love your paintings,wish you would show your Tips with sub titles,as I struggle to understand,and don’t always know what colours you’re using…I need your help.

  5. bill says:

    HI. Enjoyed your videos.
    Do you ever use water-based oil paints?
    Thanks very much

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