Oil Painting with No Mess

Demo –  Painting with Corel Painter 11

Oil Painting - Amarylis Flower

Amarylis - Oil Painting - ©Jacobson

I love Oil Painting. I always say, “I love the smell of turpentine,” and I really do. But I also love that I have no mess, no cleanup, no allergy problems, no rags, no paper towels, etc. I paint digitally using Corel Painter 11. It’s now a “green thing” to keep it clean and healthy for the environment.

My environmentally friendly option is when I paint digitally, I’m oil painting without using paper towels. That’s one contribution to our environment.

Join me in this step by step photo journey through my oil painting process by viewing Pictures 1 thru 8. Enjoy!

Oil Painting – Step by Step

The titles show the progress of the piece, starting with:

  • 01_The original image for reference
  • 02_the sergeant brush, and a drawing type block in on a sepia/orange tones
  • 03 & 04_The round bristle brush and continued block in
  • 05_The oil detail brush and redefined drawing of shapes
  • 06_The thick wet oil brush adding colors, details and thicker paint
  • 07_The just add water brush to blend out the areas
  • 08_The final step, duplicating the layer and changing the mode to hard light, for more color depth


    That’s it for today’s demo. I’m looking forward to hearing your comments. And last, here’s a list for you to help with making this planet green and environmentally friendly.

    10 things you should never buy again

    1. Styrofoam cups – They’re  not biodegradable.
    2. Paper towels – wastes forest resources, landfill space, and your money.
    3. Bleached coffee filters – Dioxins, chemicals formed during the chlorine bleaching process, contaminate groundwater and air and are linked to cancer in humans and animals.
    4. Teak and mahogany – Every year, 27 million acres of tropical rainforest (an area the size of Ohio) are destroyed. Rainforests cover 6% of Earth’s surface and are home to over half of the world’s wild plant, animal, and insect species. The Amazon rainforest produces 40 percent of the world’s oxygen.
    5. Chemical pesticides and herbicides – American households use 80 million pounds of pesticides each year. The EPA found at least one pesticide in almost every water and fish sample from streams and in more than one-half of shallow wells sampled in agricultural and urban areas. These chemicals pose threats to animals and people, especially children.
    6. Conventional household cleaners – Household products can contain hazardous ingredients such as organic solvents and petroleum-based chemicals that can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your indoor environment, positing a particular danger for children. The average American household has three to ten of hazardous matter in the home.
    7. Toys made with PVC plastic – 70% of PVC is used in construction, but it is also found in everyday plastics, including some children’s toys. Vinyl chloride, the chemical used to make PVC, is a known human carcinogen. Also, additives, such as lead and cadmium, are sometimes added to PVC to keep it from breaking down; these additives can be particularly dangerous in children’s toys. PVC is also the least recycled plastic.
    8. Plastic forks and spoons – Disposable plastic utensils are not biodegradeable and not recyclable in most areas.

    If you must paint with real oil paints, here’s how to do it safely and environmentally friendly. Use M.Graham Oil Paints – a non toxic approach to oil painting.

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