An Introductory Guide to Oil Painting Tools and Supplies
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(Sep 01, 2009)
Finally, a DVD that shows you the oil painting tools and supplies you need to produce your very own masterpiece.
Covers oil paint, brushes, mediums, solvents, palettes, painting knives, supports, grounds, easels, and studio accessories. Everything you need to start producing high quality, professional oil paintings even if you have a limited budget.
In this DVD, Doug Farrick shows you the tools he uses in his art studio, and how he sets everything up. You'll see all the equipment he uses, the 'tricks' to getting that 'created by a professional' look and some of the latest and most innovative materials being used today.
Tools of Oil Painting covers:
- Choosing the right oil paint - and the surprising options you have available
- Choosing the right brushes, hair type, proper cleaning and more
- Inside secrets to creating great oil painting mediums
- Solvents - the good, the bad and the ugly
- Palettes - wood, plastic, disposable, glass - which ones are right for you
- Painting knife uses and types - including the latest and greatest
- Rigid and flexible supports including paper, canvas, wood, metal and more
- Grounds - from the traditional to new, cutting-edge science on the best ones to use
- Ten low cost studio accessories that can be life savers
- A tour of the top easels the pros are using
- Environmentally 'green' supplies, materials and practices
- And much more . . .
Whether you are already are an experienced oil painter, are relatively new or just considering it as a hobby, this is one DVD you'll want to see.
In it, you'll see how having the right equipment will give you the knowledge and confidence you need in order to maximize your creative expression. And you'll discover inside tips and techniques that can mean the difference between wasting your time looking like an inexperienced amateur and looking like an accomplished, seasoned pro.
Once you view this DVD, you'll understand how critical an understanding of your tools and materials are to your painting success.
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The section on paint is pretty important. The introduction of water-mixable oil paint is a major breakthrough in painting, especially if you are worried about your health. Then the difference between professional and student-grade oil paint (there is generally less pigment and less expensive varieties of pigment in student-grade). The DVD does a good job of making distinctions between oil, water-mixable, and alkyd, which is one of my old favorites. Alkyd paint is something to look into, and Farrick underlines the primary use painters turn to it for.
The subject of painting knives might seem pretty pedestrian, but I was surprised at the new developments in painting knives! Utrecht has done some innovations that are worth looking at and this DVD has them all.
One of the things I noticed about Farrick's presentation is going from fairly simple principles to more complex ones. When he gets to painting grounds, he starts talking about the structure of oil painting. I'm not going to tell you the whole story, but what he says is basic oil painting chemistry, and every beginner needs to hear it. It will save you lots of problems in the future. The new development in grounds and sizing are covered, and some old standbys, like applying rabbitskin glue to canvas in preparation for accepting an oil ground, are challenged. There are new ways to do that. I might have to take him up on that, as rabbitskin glue really stinks.
I find really useful information on this DVD about something every user of oil paint has to deal with: toxic materials. When you're young, you have this illusion that nothing can harm you. What is really happening with art materials is you are building up dangerous levels of toxins in your body that reach crisis points as you age. Farrick alerts the viewer to some of the pitfalls of the green revolution, like pesticides sold as paint thinners. If you love your body, get this DVD. It will be a good reminder as you make art on what to avoid, even if the packaging misleads you. He also shows you what to use if you decide to go the solvent route (you don't have to use solvents to paint with oil, but if you choose very traditional methods, they are unavoidable). This DVD informs you on the choices that give the least chance of harm. Good show.
The Other Materials section features at least one thing that is indispensable for safety reasons. Find out what I mean. I recommend this DVD for anyone wanting to investigate the basics of painting and likes to see what they are not only supposed to get, but get an expert's explanation of what they do.
As artists, we sometimes become limited by our habitual use of mediums and brushes and this video was a flash of enlightenment for me. Having always put off the use of painting knives to a "future time" and you know what that means, I now have the incentive to move ahead to a new phase of my painting journey. Showing the variety of knives and new painting knife designs set my creative juices to full flow. My brushes will get a break as the knives move me onward.
Having never paid much attention to solvents with the exception of my decades long standby, I appreciate Doug's in-depth appraisal of several different types and will follow his recommendations immediately. I would not have known about the dangers and benefits without viewing this video.
All in all, I have taken away a new knowledge of what is possible and what will provide the longest life of my paintings from watching this video.
I do suggest this for anyone who wants to get to know his or her painting tools. Tools without understanding them will never allow for achieving what is possible. This video will change the way you look at how you paint by making you more comfortable with your paints, brushes and knives, solvents, and supports. And that is a good thing, no doubt there! I may finally become that "Master" I always thought I could be.:)
I look forward to future videos from Doug as I truly enjoy his presentation skills and the quality production in this dvd. I'll be keeping a look out for the next installments!
I found the section on the different grounds very informative and some of the studio tips were completely new to me as well. This DVD has something in it for everyone. Regardless if you're a beginner or a seasoned painter like myself. It's just a great resource that you can dive into whenever you have questions regarding Oil Painting Tools and Supplies.
I highly recommend this DVD and I know I'll be using it in my studio, as a great reference tool, in the future.