From blank canvas, to charcoal sketch, to background, shaping, detail and finishing touches; each step of the painting process is meticulously carried out and performed with great attention to detail. Every brushstroke is a testament to the artwork, and is reflected in the stunning final result. We urge you to see the quality for yourself, and select your hand-painted work of art today. Like so many of our customers, you will not be disappointed.
STEP 1 – OIL PAINTS AND ARTIST BRUSHES
Utilizing the proper oil paints is vital in creating the perfect oil painting that will last for generations to come. Our artists start with only the highest quality oil paints that are finely balanced with the proper color pigment and oil content to ensure each finished masterpiece has the most vibrant colors, while providing lasting durability and beauty.
The importance of using precise artist brushes for each individual oil painting cannot be understated. Our artists have at their disposal a wide selection of brushes with varying sizes and shapes to achieve the desired brushstroke detail. The brushes are carefully balanced with the highest level of stroke control, so our artists can accomplish their goal of painting the finest museum quality oil paintings.
STEP 2 – ARTIST GRADE COTTON CANVAS
The basis for creating museum quality oil paintings starts with the quality of the canvas. Our artists utilize only artist grade cotton canvas that is specially coated with an acid-free titanium gesso. This type of canvas is uniquely woven to ensure it will have the maximum fiber strength and durability when stretched during the framing process. Each canvas is cut to size per order, with the artist adding approximately 1.5 inches of blank canvas all around the finished painting to allow for canvas stretching.
STEP 3 – SKETCHING THE COMPOSITION OF THE OIL PAINTING
Here is where the artist starts defining the basic elements contained in the oil painting. The artist sketches an outline on the canvas, either utilizing a specially designed pencil or charcoal, to achieve the proper scale and aspect ratio of the oil painting. It is very important at this time for the artist to pay close attention to the various shapes and figures that are evident in the composition of the oil painting.
STEP 4 – APPLYING THE INITIAL COAT OF PAINT
The artist is now concentrating on filling large areas of the oil painting with the first coat of paint, utilizing a wide artist brush. The paint is applied carefully so it follows the outline sketch on the canvas, with a focus on covering most of the basic elements comprised in the oil painting.