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Artists’ DIY – Make Oil Painting Panels Yourself

Making Oil Painting Panels At Home Using Hardboard And Gesso

In today’s video, I show you how I make these DIY oil painting panels or boards myself. I also talk about 5 advantages of making and using such boards. 

In my post about Oil Painting Surfaces, I briefly talked about panels/boards that can be used for oil painting. Some people also call them gesso panels or gesso boards.

Advantages of making your own panels

1. Control on texture
2. Cost-effectiveness
3. Custom sizes 
4. Easy to dry 
5. Easy to ship

Happy painting! 

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Aerial Perspective

6 Ways to Achieve Aerial Perspective in Painting

Want to add a feeling of distance in your paintings? We can use the principles of aerial perspective to do that. Here are the 6 aerial/atmospheric perspective phenomena that occur in nature.

As the distance increases,

1. Colors become lighter and closer to sky color
2. We see fewer details in objects
3. Edges become blurred
4. Value Contrast reduces 
5. Size of objects reduces
6. Overall values become lighter

The video below shows how I use these in a painting.  So, next time you want to suggest depth or distance in your paintings, use these things to your advantage.

Happy Painting, 

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Oil Painting Surfaces

Oil Painting Surfaces Video Mandar Marathe

In today’s video, I talk about various Oil Painting Surfaces that you can use to create your artwork.

So, if you paint with oil colors or are considering it, this video is for you. 

These surfaces can be broadly classified into three categories, fabric, hard surfaces and paper. Each category of surfaces has many variants that offer different advantages and disadvantages.

Watch the video to know more.   

Happy Painting,


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Painting En Plein Air At Bhugaon

Learn to paint on location or 'en plein air'

I and my daughter went out to paint ‘en plein air’ last Sunday. It was a great experience and I painted two watercolor paintings in a span of 1.5 hours. 

In this video, I share with you my process of painting one of those paintings and then talk about learnings or takeaways from this experience. I hope this video will inspire you to paint on location or ‘en plein air’ more often!

thanks for watching! 

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Art is for the rich & famous… not true!!

Landscape painting of a jungle safari road in corbett national park.

This is a guest post by Anup Gore

Growing up, I had always viewed the original artwork as something ONLY rich and famous people had. A misconception engraved in us since childhood!! We don’t need to be art geeks visiting art studios and gallery shows to understand and appreciate the work, nor do you require mansions to hold artworks. Your beautiful apartment home/office cabin is very much capable of displaying art and getting appreciated by your friends/colleagues.  You can start off by having simple landscapes and grow along to complex, abstract art forms.     Along with owning art, you can also use them as a brilliant gifting idea. Art can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. It’s quite a compliment that you thought enough of that person that you ventured into the art buying territory. But you need to consider some points when you buy art for yourself or as gifts.

Stay Small

It’s easier for someone to live with and find that perfect place for a small-sized piece of art. Be it on a wall, by a bedside corner, or an office table.


Don’t get caught up with being too particular the subject. Try to consider a beautiful landscape or something that appeals to everyone.

Frame it!

If you give somebody art that is not ready to display, that can be irritating, usually ending up in a drawer. Don’t fall for the custom framing thought; you might end up spending more on the frame than the artwork itself. A ready-made frame available online or a photo studio near you will serve the purpose.

Buy directly from the artists

Buying art directly from artists means that you are supporting the artist and keeping his art-making happening. Also, beautiful original art doesn’t have to be expensive. Often, it costs no more than you’d spend on a jacket at the mall or a dinner at a nice restaurant. It is time you start changing the ‘poster’ frames adorning walls in your home, office or at the business premise you run, with original pieces of art. And no, you don’t need to think of buying originals from top-notch artists you usually see or read about. There are a host of good artists making interesting work out there. Most of these artists are into art sales to keep their passion alive & running and not merely for the rich dividends.

One such artist is a friend Mandar, an engineer by education, who after being in corporate service for 16 years has become a full-time artist and sculptor since 2011. Do visit for more details on him and also check his range of original artworks available from Rs 3100/-. So go ahead and turn your home/office/business premises into a mini-gallery. You’ll be bringing more beauty into your life, and the art community will thank you for it.

About the Author: Anup Gore lives in Margao, Goa and has spent 15 years in corporate service and 2 years in academics. Currently, he is a freelance consultant in CRM, Data Science and Content Creation.

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A farm near Mulshi – Oil painting demo video

Oil Painting Demo - Farm near Mulshi

Here is another oil painting demo that I recorded last week. It is a video recording of my steps in painting a landscape titled “A farm near Mulshi”.

I have removed the audio and sped up the video to make it small enough to upload to YouTube easily. I’ll be releasing the full 1-hour version with my commentary in a few days. Till then, enjoy this 2-minute video of my painting process.

Keep painting!


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Moonlight – Oil painting demo video

Oil Painting Demo - Moonlight

Here is the oil painting demo video I talked about last week.

If you have any queries about this, please let me know in the comments section or write to me using the form here.

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Painting in Artrage app on iPad Pro

Flower painted in artrage app

Painting in Artrage is a convenient way to paint in oil colors. I use the Artrage app on iPad Pro and not the desktop version of the application.

Though I do not find painting in it as easy as painting with real colors, it is a good alternative. The ease of painting in real oils is clearly attributed to years of experience of using real oil colors. On the other hand, I have been painting in Artrage only for a few months.

You can do a lot using layers and all conveniences of a digital medium but I prefer to use only 1 layer and keep the painting process as close to real oils as possible.

Today’s painting

Here is a painting that I did in Artrage today. It is still very rough and a lot more details can be added.

Flower painted in artrage app

I have recorded a script of this painting and with Desktop version of Artrage I can run the script and the app actually paints the painting again on a different sized canvas and at a different resolution, if you want. So, it is not a video clip but a painting being painted again! A nice feature that I haven’t seen in any other painting app so far.

Have a great weekend and draw or paint something. Don’t forget that art is made by the artist and not the tool he/she uses. So, use whatever tools you have and create art.

Happy Painting!

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Digital Oil Painting demo

Evening Drama - Oil Painting done in Artrage App on iPad
Happy Friday!

In this blog post, I am happy to share a Digital Oil Painting demo. I have used Artrage on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil for this painting.

Complete painting took me about an hour but I have sped up the video for a better viewing experience. So, sit back, enjoy the video but do not forget to paint something yourself this weekend.

This video is a part of my complete landscape painting course in real oil colors titled “Landscape Painting using oil colors”.

Keep making art,