Learn To Paint


Color and Light by James Gurney

Oil Painting Essentials by Gregg Kreutz

Alla Prima II by Richard Schmid

Schools and Workshops

Angel Academy of Art

Scottsdale Art School

Groups and societies

Art Renewal

The Portrait Society of America



Savvy Painter . Here is a Sample

Artful Painter

Creative Pep Talk

The Creative Endeavour

ArtHoles for those that are interested in art history


Wet Canvas

traditional oil painting on Facebook is moderated by virgil elliott


Going to art store and looking at all the paint options can make you quit before you start. Starting with Limited Palette (4-5 colors) can reduce confusion. Mark Carder has great free materials on that approach.

Mixing Paint - Limited Palette


Paint Application

Rough over soft

A looser approach to paint manipulation

Bob Ross style of paint application for landscapes

Brush Strokes

Be creative on how you apply, remove or manipulate paint


Shifting Hues

Skin Tones

Sculpting with color


Glowing Light


Light in painting

How to light your still life set-up

How color changes as light fades

Portrait Lighting

Reflected light color

Visual Perception

What you paint is not always what people see


He uses digital medium but principals apply

Work flow

For Inspiration (If his style is your thing)

A painterly approach


I highly recommend painting along with him on this one

Grisaille Palette

This is more relevant than you think

Abstract is not evil

It can be fun

If you like this, watch part 1 too


Painting waves

Painting Tropical Water


Pep Talk

It is never too late to start painting. You don’t even have to quit your day job. All it takes is learning to appreciate the joy of incompetence. The less you know the faster you grow and the only way to learn is trial and error. Art schools, workshops and YouTube videos may give you some ideas on what to try but ultimately, you are the one who decide what works for you. The things that do not work when you experiment is just as important in the learning process. If you don’t have enough of those, it means you are not taking enough chances. Go to museums and galleries and decide what impresses you the most regardless of what everyone else likes or what sells well. Then figure out what it is specifically you like about a piece and try to use it as a fuel and replicate it to stay excited otherwise you won’t put in the time it takes.

Most of what you will learn has been around for ages. Instead of repackaging it with my name on it, I have listed what I have found useful. The content here is compiled to remove some of the time or cost obstacles you may have in pursuing what makes you happy. However if those are not a problem, I do encourage you to find an artist you admire (both the person and the work) find out if they are a good teacher and take a workshop with them. Supporting other artists living their dreams is a good thing. If you do take a workshop, take responsibility for what you want to learn. Study the artist work closely ahead of time and have your questions lined up before the first day.

Now let’s get to work.

Daryoosh Mosleh