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Painting as an Art Form

Painting can best be described as the process of adding color to a surface.  Usually in the form of a liquid.  There are many different painting methods and techniques.  Some of these techniques are explored in the tutorials below. There are also many types of painting styles.  There are also many opinions about which methods and styles are best.  We won't discuss opinions, instead I will impart what I know about the process of painting through the free painting lessons featured on this page.


Acrylic Seascape TutorialAcrylic Painting Tutorials
Learn how to paint with acrylic paint with this collection of acrylic painting tutorials. (13 Items)
Expressive Watercolor PaintingWatercolor Painting Tutorials
Learn how to paint with watercolors with this collection of watercolor tutorials. (32 Items)
Knife Painting with OilsOil Painting Tutorials
Learn how to paint with oils with this collection of oil painting tutorials. (23 Items)
Pastel Drawing TutorialsPastel Painting Tutorials
Learn how to paint with pastels with this collection of pastel tutorials. (45 Items)


Pastel Landscape Mastery “Pastel Landscape Mastery” is a members only video course on drawing landscapes using pastels. The goal of the course is to provide the student with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules that include videos and ebooks. (15 Modules)

Pastel Landscape Mastery Course

Live Lessons“Oil Painting Master Series” is a new video course taught by oil painter and teacher, Ashley Bane Hurst. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate artists looking to get started with oil painting. This course provides an overview of the medium of oil painting. (19 Modules)

Oil Painting Master Series

The Properties of Paint

Understanding the properties of the medium that you are using can determine your success in painting. Remember, the more that you practice painting, the better you will get.

Paints are generally made up of three types of ingredients.  These ingredients include pigment, solvent, and binder

Pigment gives paint its color.  Pigments can sometimes influence the name of the color as well.  For example, Alizarin Crimson gets its name from its pigment. 

The second type of ingredient in all paints is binder.  Binder is what holds the pigment together and can influence its ability to be spread over a surface.  The type of paint is generally named after its binder.  A few examples of this is oil paint (binder=oil), acrylic paint (binder=acrylic polymer), and latex paint (binder=latex).  A few exceptions include watercolor (binder-gum arabic) and tempera. 

Solvent is what allows paint to be thinned.  Obviously, the solvent affects the viscosity of the paint.  Solvents also must "jive" with the binder. For example, you could not use water as a solvent for oil paint. 

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