Michael Pintar: How To Paint Snow And Trees In Oil Paints

Oils painter Michael Pintar shows us in this tutorial how to paint snowy trees on canvas. He runs through the procedure which he adops which begins with using blocking large areas with color to establish a foundation to work upon. The oil paints have been thinned down using turpentine and allows an easier application. He uses a variety of brushes throughout and has condensed a four hour painting on 16×20 canvas into this nice little 13 minute video. Its interesting to note how he jumps around the page with his paint brush to create an even progression all the way through.

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    1. What lovely work, beautiful muted colours; it is a joy to watch such a good and confident artist. You have helped me greatly as I often wondered if it was OK to use both brushes and palette knives in a single work — now I see that it is perfectly acceptable.

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    2. Yes, I agree that cleaning up is a lot easier! Your work here reminds me of English artists such as Eric Ravillious or Paul Nash….there is a wonderful moody quality to it, how anyone gave this video a thumbs down I will never know – thank you again.

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    3. I have always had a fondness for loose, water media type oil paintings and like what you have done here…nice vid. I would like to know what the color recipe book is that is sitting open on your laptop in bg? Thanks for a clear, instructive video!

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    4. Thanks. The “color recipe” book you saw is Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. In the section on Color he suggests making color charts using his palette and instructions. I did that, and learned a lot. This painting was done with 4 colors plus white, and my reference photo was black and white. Alla Prima is an excellent classic book for artists.

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    5. Thanks for the response, yet another recommendation for the Alla Prima book by Schmid. I will have to order it as I have been waiting too long for the library copy. I too try to use no more then between 4-6 or at times eight colors on same project, I’ll only use more for special circumstance and glazing. Once again thanks for posting good vid.

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    6. Couple things regarding mediums/ solvents; mediums are used to thin oil paints, solvents are used to clean up. The “watery oil” you see me using is straight turpentine with a speck of paint. Advantages at this early stage; this wet/thin paint allows me to wipe off areas I don’t like n it dries quickly 10-30 minutes. Some artists will say to use only artist grade turpentine, but I’m not that picky. Other options for a medium include alkyd-based products. You can also mix 2:1 med/turp 4 thinning

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