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Painting : Exploring the Fine Art of Oil & Trompe L'Oeil Painting

Achieving Life-Like Effects with Paint

Exploring the Fine Art of Oil and Trompe L'Oeil Painting

Creating fine art with oil-based paints has been done by great masters for hundreds of years. The techniques employed for various artistic effects have been perfected through the centuries and endure to this day. Learn more about the life-like effects you can achieve with oil and Trompe L'Oeil painting from the following resources offering free painting instruction, project inspiration, tips, and techniques.

Featured Painting Articles

Tips on Breaking the Creative Block in Your Painting Projects
By Mary Baker
What do you do when you experience creativity block in your painting projects? Professional contemporary realist painter Mary Baker shares some useful un-blocking tips.

How-to Oil & Trompe L'Oeil Painting Websources

Mary Baker — Contemporary Realist Painter
Be inspired by Mary Baker's paintings and read her commentary on the creative process, creative journey and creative space, as well as tips on breaking the creative block.

Oil Paint Basics
Michaels Artist's Studio Education helps you learn about the oil based medium most of the old masters worked with, explaining features and benefits, pigment particulars, pointers, and preferences. Includes an informational glossary of terms to help you better understand this fine art medium and how to use it.

The Art of Leon Englen Oil Paintings
"Photographically detailed landscape and animal oil paintings using classical techniques. This site offers an extensive virtual gallery, as well as a valuable painting course, a biography and information about his book, prints and real life expositions."

Art Effects Trompe L'Oeil and Murals
"Trompe L'Oeil, murals, faux finishes, and hand painted furniture by Art Effects."