Applied Painting Theory and Techniques

 [ the  section is in constant construction ]

This page is going to be filled with my own articles on drawing, painting and, especially, oil painting techniques and basic rules, that I found extremely useful to apply in my artworks. The sources are numerous, academic and not (art forums, blogs, book chapters, journal articles, etc.); and none of them is used in its original form.

All the illustrations to the articles will have a reference to the original source. In case if you find some texts or images conflicting to copyright terms, please feel free to report them via "Contact" form, and the issues will be treated or removed immediately.

The materials are created for non-commercial use, they are free of charge and can be reproduced non-commercially (cannot be resold!), with an obligatory reference to this website "" and its author, Marina Bogacheff.

Become an artist

Do you really need to learn some boring basics to become an artist? And what if you're natural, intuitive painter?..

Aerial perspective

Six basic applied rules of Aerial perspective in painting

Colour theory

A short presentation of a Colour Wheel and basic rules of the Colour Theory, with examples

Colour harmonies

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Colour dynamics

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Colour values

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Step-by-step painting 01

Mediteranean wave painted in oil on canvas, by steps

Step-by-Step painting 02

Aplin lake painted in oil on canvas, by steps

Mixing colours

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Harmony in painting

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Shadows and volume

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Painting styles

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Oil painting technics

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Art materials: palette

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Art materials: paints

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Art materials: brushes

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Art materials: palette knife

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Art materials: pastels

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Art materials: varnishes, etc

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Painting and photography

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Talent or hard work?

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Self esteem

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Art and mental health :)

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Discover other articles:

Step-by-step painting and Seascape technique

Step-by-step painting in photos

Seascape composition


Seascape colours

Water reflections

Water transparency

Secrets of a foam

Skies and clouds

Water and wind movements


Underwater objects through surface

Rocks, sand and beach scenes


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