How does it work?

Buying an oil painting from OIL PAINTINGS FINE ART is like stepping back in time! Every oil painting we sell is painted by our master artists in the same time-honored traditions utilized by the world's most famous artists.

Many of our artists have years of training at some of the finest art academies, specializing in the medium of oil on canvas.

Please read below how our artists, step by step, paint the oil paintings that are displayed on our website. You will learn that at OIL PAINTINGS FINE ART each and every oil painting is meticulously painted, brushstroke by brushstroke, starting with a blank artist canvas and ending with a true masterpiece!

 

All great paintings start with a sketch. That’s why when we begin a painting, we use charcoal or pencils to sketch the rough shapes and figures onto the canvas. This gives us an opportunity to focus on composition in the painting.

 

Step 1: Sketching on a canvas

All great paintings start with a simple sketch. That’s why when we begin a painting, we use charcoal or pencils to sketch the rough shapes and figures onto the canvas. This gives us an opportunity to focus on composition in the painting.

Step 2: Painting the first layer of color

Our artist paints the shapes and forms in the oil painting with the larger brushes. Following the charcoal outline, we paint the basic shapes and colors, keeping the edges soft. We’ll paint the background, fill in the main subjects and not worry about small details.

Step 3: Building the forms

Our artist paints the shapes and forms in the oil painting. This is where we begin building the main forms of objects and define the main colors. We paint in light and dark values of colors, building up or reducing the hue intensity to create depth to imitate the original painting as close as possible. After each stage the paint needs to dry before we can move forward.

 

Step 4: Adding textures and depth

At this stage we focus on the techniques or effects that the original artist used. By using different brush sizes and types, by utilizing different painting techniques, or by just using more or less paint on the brush, we can add the textures, character and unique features of the original painting. 

Step 5: Adding details, cast, shadows & highlights

Our artist is now painting the artistic details. We make sure that each object in the painting has the prominence that the original artist intended. We focus on color density, shadows, background and other elements of the painting.

Step 6: Completion and finishing touches


Our artist is ready to paint the finishing touches. After we’ve finished the painting we’ll bring a few of our master painters, with more than 20 years of experience, into the studio to offer suggestions. At this stage we also can also email a photo of the painting to the customer and make any changes they request. Then, our most experienced artist examines the painting. Only upon his final approval is the painting moved to our shipping department.