Oil Painting Lessons – Glazing, Layering, and Useless Lessons

by Ethan

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adminNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 12:46 am

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Lise KingNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 1:12 am

Interesting technique… You are right, lots of teachers try to keep you as long as they can coming to them. So they can make a living… But at our place the teachers we do get, are the ones that think like you, and want the group to grow and succeed… With that in mind, I extended an invitation to try doing workshop at our gallery… If you are interested please do call or email us for more info… Like I said we are in Canada, Ontario…
Have you done any workshops outside of Canada?

Lise King

John RNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 1:30 am

I liked hearing that I build the master’s effect of luminous glow to skin, etc., by using the glaze. I missed if you allow the glaze to dry or if you work wet. Keep sending the tips. I liked the lesson.

pam garrettNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 2:21 am

Hello, I watched a previous video when you demonstrated glazing a dried layer of skin with light gray, and painted into it while still wet. I had 4 commissioned portraits to do. I had already done 2 of them. On the third one, I tried your method. I showed the finished paintings to a friend. He liked all of them, but he did say he liked the third one the best. He said he loved the way the skin seemed so real. I enjoy your videos very much and they are certainly informative. thanks

GaryNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 2:59 am

Interesting information! I also watched the landscape edges and details videos. I’d certainly purchase dvds if my bride allowed and I had the bucks.
I’ve done Bob Ross and watched a bit of Darrell Crow…who goes into much more detail. Your techniques seem so far above me now…and I’d like to learn much more.
Gary W.

JanetNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 3:38 am

Hello..I think you did a great job talking at random on the Video. I notice you seem to dwell on the Old Masters and that’s where I’m at. Not that I want to paint like them, I just want reality in my paintings. At the moment, I’m practising doing portraits and some are turning out not half bad…some are garbage-bin style but I keep them to let me know where I’ve come from. I’ve never taken a school course on painting but I have painted many times with teachers of Art…some good, some not so good but they were all learning curves. As it happens, I painted a portrait last February in Las Vegas and still haven’t finished it because of other things that got in my way. Of course, the paint on the canvas is dry so your lesson today sure helped me and I know what glazing is so it won’t be hard to get back into the groove of finishing this portrait. Thank you for taking the time to teach…I do appreciate your effort and hope to see more of your Video Lessons.

c.v.ramanaNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 4:00 am

it is good but it is a repitition of what you say allwas that you teach differently.
what you say is perfectly correct .the way you teach is different and the best way to the learner

ZiziNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 4:13 am

Hello sweet teacher

I just have to say , You are wonderful, nice master.

I have a problem painting my parents portrait …
I think I will never finish my job…

Many thanks and nice to see You ,

Eugene LinderkampNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 4:28 am

I haven’t taken many courses but there have times have I experienced what you showed. I agree that is not how you learn. You have to be taught by words which explain and by example which shows what you need to do and why. Your Short videos are great and your presentation is interesting and easy to understand. Keep making them.

Lisa DNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

Thanks for the video it was very informative and yes, that’s exactly how my teacher was, with even less information. H let us go it alone, never giving us any real instruction on technique. It was just copy what you see and try and get it as close as your capabilities would allow. This was the case in many watercolour classes too. Thank you very much. I’m trying to convince my husband that internet purchases can be secure, but he’s very very weary. I love your instruction and try and learn as much as possible on the internet.

amaniNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 8:09 am


i am so sorry , I want to be sharing with u pute my englishe very bad.

thank u to u r e_mail.

Mina NNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 8:29 am

I like your ideas, and teaching practical make student more connect to painting instead than make it harder and student will loosing there interest .I want to talk about your videography . However if your camera facing you but the light comes from behind of camera 0r in the side your painting colors shows much better . in this video the sun was to strong .I am videographer and sorry for my honesty .I love your arts.

Michael TrulyNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your painting video. I am a painter myself, and I was very impressed with the advise. Thanks, Mike Truly

PennyNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm

your videos are great. I taught decorative painting in acrylics and went to school for commercial art. But my love is oils. I like flowers and scenes the best, but your portrait videos have made me start thinking about trying portraits again. Thanks again for your videos.

anna lewisNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I love your tutorials, what u have to say is so common sense,
I was painting a copy of a John Simmons work; Titania dreaming of bottom, I had got to a place where i was so stuck on the tree area on the left hand side of the painting, i was looking everywhere for ideas on how to achieve the right look, i went on to my e-mail and you had sent me the tutorial of how to paint edges and detail in landscapes. it was amazing and was the exact trees i was trying to paint, i have now finished the painting and can only thankyou, you have given me the confidence to try.
you are an inspiration.

anna lewisNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

P.s Sorry forgot to ask, could you do a tutorial or send details of leaves and flowers close up, bit stuck!!!

sushma panikarNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

your videos are great. I love in oils painting . I like flowers and landscap oil painting .your painting is so nice.i like your ideas .thank you.

adminNo Gravatar February 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm


to those of you who haven’t gotten your stuff in the mail yet…remember, it usually leaves our shipping dept in 5 business days. So there fore you will most likely receive it this week.

Thanks for all the comments letting me know you like my vids.

Don’t forget, I don’t just give these videos to give you free stuff because I’m a nice guy. I hope I’m a nice guy, but..I hope you like the free vids so you will want to buy my instructional products.

Which you can find by clicking the products tab on the top of this page.

carol sharpNo Gravatar February 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

I am interested in your courses but cannot decide which one to buy. I have been to 3 classes and like to play with colours and create abstract or flowers. I cannot draw and use a projector to get perspective. I would appreciate your advice.

pamela powersNo Gravatar February 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Interestingly enough I was dissapointed in it,The title was glazing,yet I saw nothing that showed or spoke of it,found it misleading,if I were to give lessons on line,and i know it would be hard to do without making a profit,but i have found several good sites that are truly a blessing to me,they cover many areas that they say they cover ,when I open the video its truly what they said,I just sorta get confused with you,youre a great artist,theres no way around that,but you are here for the money,,and that in its own light is good,yet when i go to open your mail,its misleading,oh well,you got to do what you got to do

adminNo Gravatar February 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm


I am sorry you did not like the video. The title did have glazing in it, but I never tried to make it out like this video was a demonstration of glazing.

I do talk about glazing and how it is used.

As far as being here for the money…that’s not exactly true. My business works in the following way…

If I help people, I will make money. Yes, I sell my stuff…this is after all a business, and you understand that – much more than the people who just want everything for free. Truth is, you get what you pay for.

Am I making money from the teaching oil painting websites I have, certainly. I have a wife and 2 small kids to support. Am I trying to help people…ABSOLUTELY! Not doing so is bad for business. If my instructional products didn’t help, my customers/students would not buy from me again and this business would not last long.

Nellie VisserNo Gravatar February 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I like your stile of teaching, plain and simple. If I only had the money for your course I would order it for myself. But excellent

Dr. Brian RuddellNo Gravatar February 10, 2009 at 4:39 am

Thank you for the video. I hope to soon start my first painting.

SouNo Gravatar February 10, 2009 at 6:54 pm

You are wonderfull. I’ll register with you soon :-)

c.v.ramanaNo Gravatar February 12, 2009 at 2:48 am

can i use my secret code for free lessons for 20 days?

MikeNo Gravatar March 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Not trying to be a killjoy or a jerk, but before I lay down my hard-earned money for this course it would be nice to get a real sampling of what exactly is in this course–not just teases and “It’s in my instruction”.

In your instructional video do you actually SHOW how to glaze and half glaze or it is it more in line with this video here where you TALK about glazing and half glazing?

adminNo Gravatar March 10, 2009 at 7:54 pm

All my instructional videos contain actual painting. Unless the point is to teach a certain principle tool or material. Like my DVD All About Brushes Made – Easy which spends most of the video being a lesson just about brushes. To understand brushes it is much better for me to do explaining, some demos…but not much painting.

The home study course does not come with DVD’s.

Mary JoNo Gravatar March 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I don’t know where to start. I want it all. I’ve always wanted to paint. I guess I need to know every techniques there is to be great painter from what brushes , how to do the grides. Its hard to put it in writing what I want and what I need.

Is there anyway I can talk to you on the phone.

thanks M.J.

ConnieNo Gravatar April 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I love that you’re teaching the CRAFT of painting. That’s what’s always missing in the books (I’ve never taken a class — oh one years ago in college but I didn’t stick it out). I think I’ve about decided to take the plunge and get the Platinum course.
(I agree with others here that since you only describe the glazing and don’t show it, it’s not easy to learn from this particular video. But I don’t think that’s your typical mode so I’m not worried about it.)

GlindaNo Gravatar June 27, 2009 at 1:36 am

I think what people are missing here is that your tutorials are an over view of the concepts you are presenting and hopefully ( I don’t know as I have not received mine yet,) hopefully the actual instruction has all the detailed info a person needs to grasp that concept so well, that when applying the technique, they will accomplish something wonderful with their art.
You seem to understand the “underpainting” of the basic knowledge needed to be successful at doing oil art. Dose that sound correct?
what you are trying to teach and what is not taught in classes is a fundamental understanding ( crawling before you can walk) Skills to help you create your own not copy someone else.

mohammedNo Gravatar December 12, 2009 at 11:29 pm

nice video thank you

PamNo Gravatar January 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Will the new course actually take me step by step in the dvd? Do you have a sample of what is actually on the dvd?


Dan HuffmanNo Gravatar January 31, 2010 at 11:47 am

I was looking around at a few sites because I’m doing a painting for a friend. I never really learned how to paint and when I fooled around with it, that was 25 years ago.
I painted in the PC for fun the last 5 years but that’ all.
So I found your site & singed up but got your emails and realized it cost to much for me. I’m sure it’s worth it. How ever after watching this last video you made I decided I do like you. So any way I thought I would just tell you your pretty cool and I wish I had some one like you around to learn from. My first painting afte all these years is the last supper. That’s what my friend wants. It’s huge at least to me. It’s funny what I read on your site about painting in the lines is not what we should do but that’s how I started this. I wish you could see it. Or maybe not. Well, I got cancer and things changed for me but I’m doing fine. It’s just that now my income is not what it was. Don’t get me wrong, If I had the money I would get the lessons but If I had the money I would pay off some bills. But just for fun I will be back to your site again and again to see what I can learn.
Thanks for what I got to see and read already.
My site will end soon where I show furniture I use to build until the cancer but if you get a chance to look just for fun, I put the link above.
Dan Huffman

SherahNo Gravatar February 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I had to laugh through this video because Ethan sounded just like my art instructor. Then when he demonstrates How To glaze in the video and you really learn something to take to the canvas (as I call it). You’ve heard the saying: you can take that to the bank. And another saying came to mind. When you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but when you teach a man to fish, you feed and nourish him for a lifetime. Thanks Ethan for nurturing our painting for a lifetime. Can’t wait to get my next set of DVDs. Bless you and yours. Sherry

Hilda FreyNo Gravatar February 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Finally I have found you. I’ve taken a couple of lessons with teachers in my area and have not learned a single solitary thing. I can’t wait to get your course. I knew I could paint something, but I didn’t know how to take it to the next step. I don’t even know the color wheel per se, I just mix until I get the color I want and I have absolutely no idea about brushes. I know I like them and have developed somewhat of a fetish about them. I seem to buy more and more each time I go to an art store,. hahaha. So, I have a hundred brushs and don’t know what they do. I’ve also orders your cd on brushes. Yippee

L iana b.No Gravatar March 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I know you for some years and Iwas always reading your advices with interest and now with your videos which is an wonderful idea to see you teaching and explaining, i like to learn new things and to remind the well kown ones.

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