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Using Online Resources To Learn How To Oil Paint

Let�s admit it, it�s not going to be a walk in the park learning the right oil painting techniques online. But if you don�t have a lot of time and maybe you don�t have the kind of financial resources to learn oil painting techniques by attending classes right now, you can always try to find online resources that will help you adopt the right oil painting techniques.

Nothing can take the place of one-on-one guidance but with in-depth information, useful tools and your own willingness to learn, you�ll master the art of oil painting just as quickly as a person who attends oil painting classes for three years. You don�t need a certificate to prove that you can paint in oil as well as others, your own portfolio and samples is proof enough. That�s the amazing thing about art. Your talent speaks for itself and you don�t really need a college or academic body to affirm it for you. Most artistic geniuses of previous generations didn�t get the kind of guidance or lessons that some of our artists get today � and look at the number of outstanding artists we have in those times compared to now.

When you�re relying on online resources to help you learn the right oil painting techniques, the most important thing is for you to absorb whatever is being said, research words and terms that you do not understand through communities and message boards, and then apply the stuff that you have learnt from those lessons consistently.

So, the steps to learning oil painting through online resources are:- Absorb: read and take in whatever that they�re trying to tell you. You don�t have a lecturer or a teacher to stand over you and correct your mistakes. That�s why your reference to the online resource should be meticulous.

Research: One of the biggest challenges to learning oil painting online is that sometimes you�re left in a lurch because no one teaches you all those technical terms that they�re spurting out and you�re lost. Either research the word through www.wikipedia.com, www.dictionary.com, or go to online communities and post your questions there. Don�t be ashamed or shy to ask. The biggest mistake you can make is to hold back and pretend that you know.

Application: Application is the biggest and most important part of learning oil painting through online resources. Keep in mind the things that you have learnt, print it out and file it nicely so that you can be reminded of it later on.

Feedback: This is also called �humbling� time. Whenever you�ve learnt something new, copy it into digital format by either scanning it or taking a picture of it, go to an online forum and get feedback from people like you or from professionals. Don�t take their feedback or comments personally, instead, take it professionally in your stride. Their comments and feedback will only serve to make your work better the next time round.

Submitted by:

Dakota Caudilla

Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.all-arts-and-crafts.com on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.


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