About Classical Oil Paintings Video Workshop
I have made this teaching video course in answer to your numerous requests. I receive many letters with questions about details of the classical painting technique. Many of you ask me if I offer workshops. Unfortunately, I do not conduct many workshops and for that reason I decided to make a video course. Finally, I have made this tutorial, and I hope that it can facilitate our communication. In this course I tried to answer the most frequently asked questions. The teaching video format of this tutorial proved to be the best to reproduce the atmosphere of a live workshop. Besides, a video course has certain advantages: you can stop the movie, rewind and play the place that interests you.
It took me eight months of hard work to make the two-hour video course. I used Sony TRV85 XR (extended resolution) video camera and then edited the footage digitally with Avid Cinema. I tried to do my best and, I do hope that you will find my video workshop helpful in your work on mastering classical painting skills.Here are some screen shots of the teaching video course.
This video course of classical painting will give
you an opportunity to understand and practice the Old Masters' technique.
You will learn how to paint a classical still life from the beginning
to the end, from priming the canvas to painting smallest details like
water drops, the texture of the lemon skin, etc. The course explains the
basic secret of classical painting that intrigues many experienced artists:
how tiniest details are made and when to stop. The course consists of
the following sections: Composition; Priming the Canvas, Drawing, Imprimatura,
Umbra Underlayer, Dead Underlayer, Color Layers, and Texture (Finishing
In conclusion of this brief introduction, some words should be said about every artist's material concerns. My experience has shown that the classical school of painting can be studied without having a special "talent." The only condition is a passionate desire to learn and a little patience. Besides, the material aspect is rather important in this world of ours. If you feel you can be an artist and support your family and yourself with the money earned by painting, remember: the competition in the art galleries is fierce. In the struggle you have to win not by begging the gallery owner to take your painting on consignment, explaining verbally how extraordinary and talented you are. You can win by simply showing the gallery owner a fragment of your painting.