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Oil Painting Sunday Best 30x40 by Bill Inman for Master Oil Painting website

Have you ever stared at a blank white canvas, oil brush in hand, and wondered “Where do I even start?!”

Maybe you’ve got the perfect scene to paint but you’re struggling to capture the amazing emotion, textures, or atmospheric light that infuses everything.

Do you find yourself asking “Why do the colors look amazing on my palette but turn to mud on my canvas?

Do you get frustrated with your paintings, and abandon them mid-way because they don’t reflect the vision in your mind? Do you feel you ‘just weren’t born talented’?

Wondering if you’ll ever create a masterpiece you’re truly proud of, one you’re excited to show your friends and family? You wonder if you should abandon oil paints altogether.

Do you ever gaze at your finished paintings and think…

How Can I Make My Paintings Vibrant and Full of Life?!

Painting First Kiss 30x40 oil painting by Bill Inman - a beautiful stone bridge with fall trees and flowers along a path with a gentle river under the bridge

You Can Learn to Paint Beautifully and with Joy!

Artists learning with Master Oil Painting

“I’ve watched numerous YouTube instructional videos, read books and have tried to apply those techniques.
To date your site offers the most understandable methods of instruction, peaceful delivery and consideration toward student and observer.”

Michael Schlee

I’ve been honored in finding a gallery to represent my work just before Thanksgiving this year and I wanted to say thank you to this group and Bill Inman for all the art inspiration and wonderful color tutorials. I’ve watched more than 30+ hours of your videos and my understanding of color has deepened significantly. I wouldn’t be where I am without it! I’m still playing around with both oils and acrylics, realism and abstraction but the color understanding stretches into every medium, even if the application technique is different. Thank you again!

Kseniya Ostrovska

“The way you approached these videos is a feat of organization, clarity and intelligent design that I have found rare in the arts teaching community.  I wish I had found you several years ago!!!”
Carolyn Shelburne

No Talent Required!

Where the Lilies Bloom 18x24 oil painting by Bill Inman 2018

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s easy for you, you were born with talent.” Really?

My favorite art school professor told me, “Bill, you may not be as talented as the other students, but you’re going to succeed because you work harder“.

Painting success has nothing to do with ‘talent’.

So, you’re probably wondering:

What has this ‘not as talented’ artist accomplished?

And how can I help you reach your goals?

With the Voice of Rushing Waters 30x40 - Diavolezza waterfall – oil painting by Bill Inman around 2001
In 1989 Bill Inman painting plein air on a rainy day in the middle of a river at Glacier National Park.
  • That's Me... ...on a rainy day in 1989, in the middle of a river at Glacier National Park.
  • Sold my first painting in 1983 at 17 and never stopped - every painting featured on this page has been purchased by a collector
  • My work has been shown in multiple magazines like Southwest Art and Art & Antique
  • I've been represented by some of the top galleries in the country including Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs (1995-present), Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, and Pam Driscoll Gallery in Aspen
  • Multiple award winner such as The Congressional Art and the Plein Air Salon Best Floral awards
  • Taught my first oil painting workshop in 1993 and since 2015 Master Oil Painting has served over 48,000 students in 100 countries

The first time I saw a Monet, I fell in love with painting. And I’ll bet you feel the same. That, coupled with deliberate practice, is all you need.

 

I’ll share with you what ‘deliberate practice’ means and teach you everything I’ve learned about painting principles and techniques!

Breakfast is Ready 24x36 - Cozy cottage won a lake with trees and flowers and a path leading to the water - oil painting by Bill Inman

Create the Paintings You

Dream About!

The 6 Week Course

Membership Plans

Lifetime Package

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Why do you Paint? For fun? To make money? Do you feel like you will burst if you don’t? Is it because you want to become the absolute best painter you possibly can?

Legacy 36x48 oil painting by Bill Inman of colorful fall trees and a path leading to a cottage and shed

Find your WHY and you will be guided to the HOW that will help you soar as an artist!

“But, your colors are vibrant and beautiful. Mine always turn into…

MUD!”

It’s true – one of the compliments I receive over and over is “Wow, look at the gorgeous color!”

And it’s also true that I’ve been enamored with color since high school.

But I wasn’t born with a ‘color sense’ anymore than I was born with talent.

Creating rich, vibrant color is a learned skill – and I will teach you how!

“I’ve watched dozens of videos, taken workshops, and scoured YouTube, but I still feel lost. How will Master Oil Painting help?”

That’s a great question…

Eve's Eden 12x16 oil painting  of Marigolds and wildflowers by bill Inman
  • ...and I'm not about to insult your intelligence by telling you I have a quick fix. But it's entirely possible that each of those videos and workshops got you close, and all you need is:
  • Targeted guidance. You're struggling with values, realistic edges, and textures, or your designs are lackluster.
  • More than a cursory demo - you've seen how to start a painting more times than you can count. You want to learn to make your paintings sing - to make them gallery ready.
  • An encouraging community of artists you can bounce ideas off of or who happily offer feedback and inspiration.
  • Poetry! You want your paintings to connect with viewers, to bring a smile and joy to yourself and those you love.

That’s where Master Oil Painting shines!

I hold nothing back. No Secrets! I share everything I’ve learned!

Let’s explore each products’ details, guiding you to choose the one that aligns perfectly with your artistic ambitions:

Master Oil Painting Memberships

Lifetime Access Courses

“I have only just begun to explore the vast amount of info on your sight, but it has already influenced my painting. My understanding of color theory and the use of light has taken a major leap forward. Bill's explanation and breakdown of composition have helped me to clean up my work and to set clear focal points, which in turn has helped the overall flow within my paintings. I have been looking for that special something to help take my work to the next level and to reach that professional overall look. I believe I have found that with Bill and Master Oil Painting.”

Sean Dean

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2023-08-17T12:45:00-04:00

Sean Dean

“I have only just begun to explore the vast amount of info on your sight, but it has already influenced my painting. My understanding of color theory and the use of light has taken a major leap forward. Bill's explanation and breakdown of composition have helped me to clean up my work and to set clear focal points, which in turn has helped the overall flow within my paintings. I have been looking for that special something to help take my work to the next level and to reach that professional overall look. I believe I have found that with Bill and Master Oil Painting.”
“Just finished the 6 Week Course - great info. I was afraid to try oils, but you made me love them!!!”

Rosemary Harris

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2023-08-17T12:46:55-04:00

Rosemary Harris

“Just finished the 6 Week Course - great info. I was afraid to try oils, but you made me love them!!!”
“Outside of attending the Plein Air Convention this is the best outdoor painting instruction I've purchased. I really enjoyed going through it and testing myself with the Application Challenges at the end of each lesson!”

Jason M.

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2018-04-04T21:01:13-04:00

Jason M.

“Outside of attending the Plein Air Convention this is the best outdoor painting instruction I've purchased. I really enjoyed going through it and testing myself with the Application Challenges at the end of each lesson!”
"I have learned to look at paintings differently now and enjoy critiquing along with you. I challenge myself to see tangents and other shapes that distract the viewer. This opportunity is just awesome. Thank you!!!!"

Deborah Baker

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2017-12-09T07:16:02-05:00

Deborah Baker

"I have learned to look at paintings differently now and enjoy critiquing along with you. I challenge myself to see tangents and other shapes that distract the viewer. This opportunity is just awesome. Thank you!!!!"
"I am loving the 6 week training course. As a relatively new painter, I have many voids in my knowledge. Bill's course starts at the beginning and works his way to more advanced topics filling all those little voids as he goes. I'm not saying that I'll know it all when I finish the course, but I can say that I will know a lot more. Thanks to Bill for taking the time to tape this information."

Vickie Lehr

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2019-03-05T06:18:05-05:00

Vickie Lehr

"I am loving the 6 week training course. As a relatively new painter, I have many voids in my knowledge. Bill's course starts at the beginning and works his way to more advanced topics filling all those little voids as he goes. I'm not saying that I'll know it all when I finish the course, but I can say that I will know a lot more. Thanks to Bill for taking the time to tape this information."
"The skills you have taught me have added so much to my life and bring me so much joy!"

Harriet Barker

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2017-07-27T13:23:33-04:00

Harriet Barker

"The skills you have taught me have added so much to my life and bring me so much joy!"
"Bill, the course content is a fantastic core to get started with! Your critiques, to me, are hands down worth every penny of the tuition alone. Bill is too nice a guy to self-promote, but you won't find a course of this caliber out there anywhere for this price!"

Kay R.

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2017-12-09T07:02:12-05:00

Kay R.

"Bill, the course content is a fantastic core to get started with! Your critiques, to me, are hands down worth every penny of the tuition alone. Bill is too nice a guy to self-promote, but you won't find a course of this caliber out there anywhere for this price!"
“I completed the six-week course and realized there was still much I wanted to learn from Bill Inman. So this week, I subscribed to a monthly membership. Can’t wait to get started!”

Cher Ptacek

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2017-12-09T07:17:36-05:00

Cher Ptacek

“I completed the six-week course and realized there was still much I wanted to learn from Bill Inman. So this week, I subscribed to a monthly membership. Can’t wait to get started!”
"Bill, I’ve watched your last video at least 3 times – each time I learn new things that I previously didn’t catch! There is so much content – It is the best painting video ever and your manner as a teacher is just superb!"

Stan Sternberg

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2017-07-27T13:23:02-04:00

Stan Sternberg

"Bill, I’ve watched your last video at least 3 times – each time I learn new things that I previously didn’t catch! There is so much content – It is the best painting video ever and your manner as a teacher is just superb!"
“Enrolling in the Membership has been the wisest decision I have made and learning from you and all the other member's work has been a joy.  You, Kristie, and your family have really created something great for artists.  Thank you.”

Rick Manthei

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2023-08-17T13:01:43-04:00

Rick Manthei

“Enrolling in the Membership has been the wisest decision I have made and learning from you and all the other member's work has been a joy.  You, Kristie, and your family have really created something great for artists.  Thank you.”
“I love the sentiments expressed in all these comments! It is a blessing to be a member of this community. You are a huge inspiration to me, Bill. You and your family are a lovely example of what being a family is all about. I am going to try and paint the paint together image. Thank you for the great blogs and encouragement always. You share your expertise and knowledge and so much more. Greatly appreciated! My thoughts and prayers are with you in all your endeavors.”

Donette Pretorius

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2023-08-17T13:00:19-04:00

Donette Pretorius

“I love the sentiments expressed in all these comments! It is a blessing to be a member of this community. You are a huge inspiration to me, Bill. You and your family are a lovely example of what being a family is all about. I am going to try and paint the paint together image. Thank you for the great blogs and encouragement always. You share your expertise and knowledge and so much more. Greatly appreciated! My thoughts and prayers are with you in all your endeavors.”
"I appreciate your professionalism and the heart and soul that you and your family put into this community."

Susan S.

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Susan S.

"I appreciate your professionalism and the heart and soul that you and your family put into this community."
“I love the way you paint - so freely and with such color - also really like the way you explain things. I also really like your website. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”

Glenda Howley

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2023-08-17T12:37:20-04:00

Glenda Howley

“I love the way you paint - so freely and with such color - also really like the way you explain things. I also really like your website. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”
“Seriously, I think you go above and beyond to help all of us become better painters and better people! When I decided to start to fulfill my longing to paint I researched many different online classes because I knew with my limited retirement income I could only do one, so after looking around I chose you and I am so happy I did! I couldn’t be happier with what I am learning!”

Stacy S.

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2018-04-04T20:57:46-04:00

Stacy S.

“Seriously, I think you go above and beyond to help all of us become better painters and better people! When I decided to start to fulfill my longing to paint I researched many different online classes because I knew with my limited retirement income I could only do one, so after looking around I chose you and I am so happy I did! I couldn’t be happier with what I am learning!”
“I like that you show every brushstroke from beginning to end. So many demos only show to a point, then go off-camera and finish. Beginners need to see those steps and understand the choices the painter makes to achieve a look. I love to see you talk about what things you take into consideration when switching from a small painting to a large-scale painting. Thanks!”

Britt Fritsch

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2023-08-17T12:29:49-04:00

Britt Fritsch

“I like that you show every brushstroke from beginning to end. So many demos only show to a point, then go off-camera and finish. Beginners need to see those steps and understand the choices the painter makes to achieve a look. I love to see you talk about what things you take into consideration when switching from a small painting to a large-scale painting. Thanks!”
“Bill is an incredible Artist Teacher, he makes it so easy to understand and I just love the way he explains everything!  He’s the best guy I’ve seen in lots of years, a truly awesome artist!”

Rose Marie Landry

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2023-08-17T13:04:39-04:00

Rose Marie Landry

“Bill is an incredible Artist Teacher, he makes it so easy to understand and I just love the way he explains everything!  He’s the best guy I’ve seen in lots of years, a truly awesome artist!”
"I started following Bill Inman 6-7 months ago. In that time, I've completed his basics course and then joined the art community here. I get lots of great support, valuable critiques, and a good amount of advice on things I can do to make better art. My background was heavily pencil and pen/ink. I was struggling to learn colors and such and had initially begun with watercolor. BUT Bill makes color mixing so simple and straightforward with oils, I switched and am making much faster progress now. I cannot recommend trying Bill's coursework and classes enough. With those, you just have to join the art community here as well and interact with other artists. Love it!"

Mark Tuck

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2023-08-17T12:15:36-04:00

Mark Tuck

"I started following Bill Inman 6-7 months ago. In that time, I've completed his basics course and then joined the art community here. I get lots of great support, valuable critiques, and a good amount of advice on things I can do to make better art. My background was heavily pencil and pen/ink. I was struggling to learn colors and such and had initially begun with watercolor. BUT Bill makes color mixing so simple and straightforward with oils, I switched and am making much faster progress now. I cannot recommend trying Bill's coursework and classes enough. With those, you just have to join the art community here as well and interact with other artists. Love it!"

“Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.  Wow, we discovered the disappearing knife painting project today, and I just had to let you know how pleased we were with this project.  This was perfect for the girls ... and I enjoyed it too!  You get all the fun and experience of mixing colors, all the satisfaction of a complete picture, all the magic of hiding something ... without the frustration of painting a picture from beginning to end.  And there are always lots of plastic knives left over in the pantry because everybody uses the forks and spoons! Our hallway is now decorated with a variety of pictures with hidden knives. Thanks so much for the home-run, homeschool art project day!!”


Autumn White

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2023-08-17T12:19:59-04:00

Autumn White

“Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.  Wow, we discovered the disappearing knife painting project today, and I just had to let you know how pleased we were with this project.  This was perfect for the girls ... and I enjoyed it too!  You get all the fun and experience of mixing colors, all the satisfaction of a complete picture, all the magic of hiding something ... without the frustration of painting a picture from beginning to end.  And there are always lots of plastic knives left over in the pantry because everybody uses the forks and spoons! Our hallway is now decorated with a variety of pictures with hidden knives. Thanks so much for the home-run, homeschool art project day!!”
“The training materials are really good. Bill keeps information simple enough for a beginner and interesting enough for more advanced painters. I also appreciate the variety of forums provided for learning, feedback, tips, and questions. I have been a member for only a couple of weeks, but I have already picked up several tips. The Master Oil Painting community and training have rejuvenated my interest in painting.”

Pat Davis

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2023-08-17T12:34:25-04:00

Pat Davis

“The training materials are really good. Bill keeps information simple enough for a beginner and interesting enough for more advanced painters. I also appreciate the variety of forums provided for learning, feedback, tips, and questions. I have been a member for only a couple of weeks, but I have already picked up several tips. The Master Oil Painting community and training have rejuvenated my interest in painting.”
“It's been so difficult to find worthwhile Plein Air training online. Thanks for such a great course Bill!”

David

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2018-04-03T22:11:06-04:00

David

“It's been so difficult to find worthwhile Plein Air training online. Thanks for such a great course Bill!”
“I bought the 6-week course a few months ago, and I love it. I tend to paint with much more realism than Bill, but the principles he teaches about color and brushwork have really helped my painting. I review many of the videos in the course before I start almost every painting. They help me decide where to focus my realism vs what I can leave in a more painterly style. Worth every penny to me. Thanks, Bill.”

Wayne Conard

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2023-08-17T12:32:30-04:00

Wayne Conard

“I bought the 6-week course a few months ago, and I love it. I tend to paint with much more realism than Bill, but the principles he teaches about color and brushwork have really helped my painting. I review many of the videos in the course before I start almost every painting. They help me decide where to focus my realism vs what I can leave in a more painterly style. Worth every penny to me. Thanks, Bill.”
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What’s in Each Membership Plan?

More than 40 Full-Length Videos – Showing Every Brushstroke from Start to Finish

Delicate Strength - White Roses 12x16

This Membership video is 4 hours long

Rocky Hillside 12x16

This Membership video is 3 1/2 hours long.

Gifts that Keep Giving - Lilacs 12x16

This Membership video is 7 1/2 hours long.

Finding Gold in Estes Park 24x30

This Membership video is 5 1/2 hours long.

Winter Wonderland 20x16

This Membership video is 7 hours long.

Roses 8x6

This Membership video is 2 1/2 hours long.

Stoic Barn 12x16

This Membership video is 2 hours long.

Peonies 12x16

This Membership video is 3 hours long.

California Coastline 12x16

This Membership video is 6 1/2 hours long.

Winter Tangle by Peter Fiore

This Membership Video is 2 hours long

Aspen Trees 12x16

This Membership video is 2 1/2 hours long

After the Storm - Farm 16x20

This Membership video is 5 1/2 hours long.

Lilacs by Joanna Arnett

This Membership Video is 1 1/2 hours long

Marigolds & Wildflowers 9x12

This Membership video is 2 1/2 hours long.

Mabry Mill 8x10

This Membership video is 3 1/2 hours long.

Bees' Retreat - Sunflowers 20x16

This Membership video is 3 hours long.

Misty Mountain 20x24

This Membership video is 6 hours long.

At Home on the Range - Hollyhocks 30x24

This Membership video is 5 hours long.

Song of the Lonely Mountain - Waterfall 8x10

This Membership video is 2 hours long.

Rocky Mountain Sunset 16x20

This Membership video is 3 hours long.

Cypress Stand 12x16

This Membership video is 5 hours long.

Plein Air Experience!

Painting - White River Crossing 12x16 - a plein air painting by Bill Inman with a river and metal train track bridge

Do you long to bring your canvas to life amid the rustling leaves and gentle breezes of the outdoors? Feel the urge to escape the confines of the studio and embrace the dynamic and vibrant world of Plein Air painting?

Plein Air, the art of painting outdoors, has captured the hearts of artists worldwide, offering a thrilling connection to nature that no photograph can replicate. At Master Oil Painting, we recognize the allure and the unique challenges that this beautiful practice presents. That’s why we’ve crafted the Plein Air Painting Experience Course, tailored to help you elevate your skills and find joy in painting beneath the open sky.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist seeking a refreshing break or a passionate beginner yearning to paint amidst nature’s splendor, our course will guide you through the adventure of Plein Air painting.

p.s the river painting above is part of the course – it was painted Plein Air

Comprehensive Oil Painting Course!

Unlock the Secrets of Oil Painting with the Ultimate Learning Experience!

Welcome to the New Master Oil Painting Comprehensive Course, your gateway to mastering landscape and floral oil painting. Designed with one goal: to cover every aspect of oil painting that will help you overcome and master your struggles and frustrations and become the artist you dream about. This course will arm you with the information, skills, and techniques you need to succeed with your artistic goals.

🎨 Ever-Expanding Content: New lessons added bi-weekly!

🌻 Solve Your Struggles: Overcome every challenge with targeted guidance.

🏞️ All Skill Levels Welcome: Whether beginner or pro, there’s something for you.

Dive into engaging lessons, skill-building exercises, and a supportive community that fuels your passion. Join us today, and let your artistic journey soar to new heights!

Master Oil Painting Comprehensive Oil Painting Course Screenshot

 Entire 6 Week Course Content!

6 Week Course Videos Info Pic for Homepage

All of the content contained in the 6 Week Course is now available in the Membership! I want you to have every opportunity to learn and grow as an artist.

Through the Membership, you have access to everything I teach!

Why would someone buy the 6 Week or Lifetime Courses? Some artists want to own the content for life. That’s the primary advantage of a one-time payment.

Materials Best Practices

New videos added regularly!

The Materials Best Practices library is your go-to for which paints, brushes, mediums, canvases, and solvents to use – or not. I combine extensive conservator research with 40 years of oil painting experience to help you navigate the confusing world of art materials.

An extensive Live-Event Replay Library spanning 7 years!

The Live-Event Replay Library contains over 100 videos chock-full of instruction covering a vast array of topics: art principles like values and composition; painting and brush techniques; art materials best practices; and so much more!

Extensive Live-Event Replay Library pic of the Critiques
Extensive Live-Event Replay Library pic of the Book Club
Extensive Live-Event Replay Library pic of the Q&As
Extensive Live-Event Replay Library pic of the Painting Workshops

Fun Beginners Challenges!

An ever-expanding Beginners Training Library. These are fun learn-and-do videos based on some of my favorite assignments during art school. Simple and highly effective!

Beginner's Library Disappearing Knife pic
Beginner's Library Paint Loosely with Child's Play
Beginner's Library 3 Marker Optical Blending
Beginner's Library Eliminate White Canvas Intimidation

Huge Reference Image Library!

All Images are available for members to use personally or commercially – which includes selling artwork created from the library. Members: to save an image to your computer simply click on your desired image to open and right click (or hold down on a tablet) to save to your computer.

Here a few examples of the hundreds of images available for members:

Reference Image Library pic Sunset on Lake Charlevoix-Rick Manthei
Reference Image Library pic Pico Island – Mark Detchemendy
Reference Image Library pic Maligne Lake Canada Astrid Zagorski

Members Only Private Facebook Group

The Master Oil Painting Community loves one another. Our Members’ private Facebook group repeatedly proves it through their incredibly encouraging, inspiring, and helpful comments and critiques.

Everything in Essentials plus our popular live events

Weekly Lunch Hangout!

Lunch Hangout with Master Oil Painting Members

Every week we get together for lunch on a live Zoom call to talk about whatever is on our minds. We become friends with members all around the world. Grandkids, painting, art materials, upcoming shows and gallery sales, the weather, health concerns – we talk about anything and everything! Members can ask me any question they’re struggling with. We also get requests to pray for one another.

We laugh, cry, and have a wonderful time discussing art and the world as friends are wont to do. Join us for some wonderful conversation.

Monthly Student Critiques!

Running strong since 2015, this beloved event is not just a critique, but an interactive learning experience. Picture this: you submit your painting, and I meticulously examine and tweak it using Photoshop, spending hours to bring out its hidden potential. Whether you’re a professional artist looking for a fresh perspective or a budding painter grappling with complex concepts like value relationships or depth creation, these critiques are tailored to meet your needs.

During the live webinar, we delve into the changes, exploring the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of each adjustment. Remember, no artist is perfect, and I welcome everyone to challenge my suggestions. It’s an engaging dialogue, not a monologue. Often, members point out aspects I might have missed, adding even more depth to the discussion.

Even though we critique only 5 paintings each time, dozens of members flock to the live event. Why, you ask? Because it’s a vibrant, collective learning experience, and let’s face it – who doesn’t love hanging out with fellow artists?

So, to put it in a nutshell, the Growth Plan is your ticket to a global artist community, a space where you can learn, grow, and enjoy the companionship of other artists. Ready to take your art to the next level? We’re excited to welcome you on board!

Everything in Essentials and Growth plus monthly one-on-one coaching

In 1989 Bill Inman painting plein air on a rainy day in the middle of a river at Glacier National Park.
  • Private Monthly One-On-One Coaching
  • Personalized Critiques, Assignments, & Career Growing
  • Monthly Group Mastermind Sessions
  • This is NOT for the feint of heart, but...

If you are intent on becoming a professional artist

I will help you get there!

Master Oil Painting Memberships

Sunflowers - Bee's Retreat - Oil Painting Tutorial pic for website

The 6 Week Course & Lifetime Artist Package

What’s the difference between The 6 Week Course and the Lifetime Artist Package?

We’ve made it simple to choose. There’s one main difference:

1. The 6 Week Course contains 6 full-length oil painting tutorials and the Lifetime Artist Package contains 20.

Each course covers both art materials and painting principles and techniques.

You pay once and get LIFETIME ACCESS to all of your training material!

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14 Information Packed Core Videos

The 6 Week Course is organized into weekly segments to make learning easier, but you can view the training in whatever order you want. Week 6 was a Plein Air intro video, which I have replaced with the full Plein Air Course!

6 Week Course Video Images for Homepage 1 - brush buying guide, oil paint buying guide, and oil painting mediums and varnishes
6 Week Course Video Images for Homepage 2 - painting panel preparation, easel & palette & brush holder tips, oil paint tube filling
6 Week Course Video Images for Homepage 3 - cleaning brushes, palette knife tips, studio tools
6 Week Course Video Images for Homepage 4 - Starting a painting using Selection and Rejection, Abstract Shapes and Shadow Patterns, Color Saturation and Realism
6 Week Course Video Images for Homepage 5 - Color Mastery, from humble beginnings to masterwork

Plein Air Experience!

Painting - White River Crossing 12x16 - a plein air painting by Bill Inman with a river and metal train track bridge

Do you long to bring your canvas to life amid the rustling leaves and gentle breezes of the outdoors? Feel the urge to escape the confines of the studio and embrace the dynamic and vibrant world of Plein Air painting?

Plein Air, the art of painting outdoors, has captured the hearts of artists worldwide, offering a thrilling connection to nature that no photograph can replicate. At Master Oil Painting, we recognize the allure and the unique challenges that this beautiful practice presents. That’s why we’ve crafted the Plein Air Painting Experience Course, tailored to help you elevate your skills and find joy in painting beneath the open sky.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist seeking a refreshing break or a passionate beginner yearning to paint amidst nature’s splendor, our course will guide you through the adventure of Plein Air painting.

p.s the river painting above is part of the course – it was painted Plein Air

6 Full-Length Bonus Videos

A screenshot of the Master Oil Painting 6 Week Course Bonus Full-Length oil painting training videos
  • You get 6 full-length painting videos valued at $410
  • Song of the Lonely Mountain 8×10 - Waterfall (2 hours)
  • Gifts That Keep Giving 12x16 - Lilies (7 hours)
  • Echoes of the Past 11x14 - Rocky Hillside (3 hours)
  • Hammock Stand - Cottonwood Trees 10x8 (1 hour)
  • Rocky Mountain Sunset - Stormy Sky 16x20 (3 hours)
  • Winter Wonderland 24x18 - Snowy Creek (7 hours)

These are NOT demos – they are full gallery-ready paintings. Each one was sent to a gallery and sold (except Echoes – I kept it because I like it too much to sell)! We spend hundreds of hours editing each video so the only thing you see is the brush traveling from the palette to the painting. 

Entire Critique Replay Library

You have access to the entire Critique Replay Library – 2015-present! You will gain invaluable insights about art principles like:

  • Understanding light, perspective, and composition
  • Working with values and contrast for realism
  • Mastering color, texture, and form
  • The ins and outs of Alla Prima painting vs Layering
  • Tips for overcoming common mistakes such as mixing mud or overworking the paint
  • How to create a harmonious painting
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You get everything in the 6 Week Course Plus:

20 Full-Length Videos

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These are NOT demos – they are full gallery-ready paintings. Each one was sent to a gallery and sold (except Echoes – I kept it because I like it too much to sell)! We spend hundreds of hours editing each video so the only thing you see is the brush traveling from the palette to the painting.

  • You get 20 full-length painting videos valued at $1460
  • Finding Gold in Estes Park 24×30 - River (5.5 hours)
  • Misty Mountain - Fall Trees & Colorful Foreground (6 hours)
  • Early One Morning 24×30 - Fall Path (7 hours)
  • Hammock Stand - Cottonwood Trees 10x8 (1 hour)
  • Cypress Trees and Lake 12×16 (5 hours)
  • Yosemite Cliffs 10x8 - Plein Air (1.5 hours)
  • Mabry Mill 8×10 - Mill & Lake (3 hours)
  • California Coastline 12×16 - Ocean Waves & Cliffs (6.5 hours)
  • Rocky Mountain Sunset 16×20 - Stormy Clouds (3 hours)
  • Song of the Lonely Mountain 8×10 - Waterfall (2 hours)
  • Virginia Ranch 16×20 - Barns & Pasture (5.5 hours)
  • Spanish Peaks 6×8 - Mountains & Lake (2.5 hours)
  • Delicate Strength 11×16 - White Roses (4 hours)
  • Gifts That Keep Giving 12x16 - Lilies (7 hours)
  • At Home on the Range 24×30 - Hollyhocks (5 hours)
  • Cherry Blossoms 6×8 - Spring Blossoms (2 hours)
  • Bee's Retreat 24×18 - Sunflowers (3 hours)
  • Peonies 12x16 (3 hours)
  • Echoes of the Past 11x14 - Rocky Hillside (3 hours)
  • Winter Wonderland 24x18 - Snowy Creek (7 hours)

Lifetime Access Courses

Is this available in DVD format?

The Membership is MASSIVE, with over 2000 hours of content. Not only would a DVD package that size break the back of the poor delivery driver, but it would also add considerable cost for production, and would eventually lead to lost and scratched discs laying around artists’ homes.
Plus, we are continually adding new content like the step-by-step course that is well underway and the full-length painting videos.
We hope to have an app ready soon so you can watch offline, but for now you will need an internet connection to enjoy the art training.

Am I locked into any long-term contracts if I don't like it?

Nope! I’ve never been a fan of most long-term contracts (I’m looking at you Mobile Phone company). Life is unpredictable – you should have the freedom to pivot or simply change your mind.

If you don’t love the membership, then go to your account tab and cancel before your free 14-day trial is over. We’re pretty confident you’re going to love it, but we’re all unique and you may have something very specific in mind that you’re looking for. We fully understand that and have made it easy for you to cancel at any time!

Will my access ever expire?

This is a membership, like Netflix. If for any reason you need to cancel, it’s easy to do so, and you will continue to have access until your billed month is over. Once you reach the end of that month your access to the membership content will also end.
As long as you are a member however, you will have full access to all of the wonderful content available in the membership.

I don't use oil paint. Will this still be useful for me?

Most of our members prefer oil paint, but we have quite a few acrylic artists and even some watercolor enthusiasts, all of whom would happily give you raving reviews about their results. It’s hard to say confidently that this works for every artist or medium though, because that comes down to your painting and learning style more than anything else.

The principles and many of the techniques work across mediums. I began my career with pastels and watercolors, selling both professionally. Sure, there are techniques and materials that are designed specifically for those media, but much of what we do as artists crosses over from one style, approach, medium, etc. to another.

In fact, I now use watercolor for my underpainting washes and preliminary work and then paint oils on top. It is essentially mixed media but has all the characteristics of an oil painting. I even varnish and frame the paintings when finished exactly like I would with my traditional oil paintings. And I do it all on a lead or oil-primed canvas. Watercolor works amazingly well on surfaces meant for oil painting.

Yes, much of what I teach will translate over to other forms of painting. But, no, I don’t teach techniques specific to paints like watercolor or acrylic.

That’s where the 14-day free trial is useful. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, or the training isn’t what you were expecting, you can easily cancel and walk away without paying a dime. There’s no reason to pay for something that isn’t helpful!

How long did the Membership take to create?

Over 30 Years! Okay, I know, that’s the typical response we hear from artists. Seriously though, this Membership content and community have taken years to build and refine. We have had members from over a hundred different countries and diverse cultures become a part of the Master Oil Painting Community.

Teaching has been on my mind from the moment I started painting. It seems to be a natural extension of learning – when we learn something wonderful, we want to share it with others.

In 2006 I was too busy with my painting career to do more than 1 or 2 workshops a year. So, I began recording my painting process. The camcorders I used weren’t capturing the detail in a way I thought would be useful to anyone, so I waited, and experimented. Finally, in 2012, the videos I captured seemed worthwhile. So, I started sharing them on YouTube.

Multiple requests came to me for an online painting course, but I didn’t have any knowledge of how to do such a thing, and I definitely didn’t have the time. Then in 2015 I received a letter from a fellow named George. It sounds ridiculous, but his letter brought tears to my eyes. He wanted to learn to paint but was feeling lost and asked if I would please create a course that covered all of the basics from materials to starting and finishing a painting.

Kristie (my wife) and I prayed about it, and we felt prompted to put most of my painting time on hold for a bit and create a course. I thought it would take 2-3 months – does life ever work that way? Six months of 14–21-hour days later the Online Painting Course (originally called the 6 Week Course) was completed.

That was December of 2015. The response was remarkable – better than I ever imagined. But I felt like they needed more.

So, in October of 2016 the Master Oil Painting Membership was born. It began as a full-length painting training video library and expanded to include multiple live-events like the monthly critiques, book club, online painting workshops where we deep-dived into the videos, weekly lunch hangouts, and Q&A sessions.

Now, instead of 5-6 galleries at a time, I only have time to supply paintings for 1-2 galleries. I’ve been with the Broadmoor Galleries since 1995 and hope to be with them until either they or I no longer inhabit this beautiful earth – they are fantastic people who I love like family! They have also been extremely patient with me at times when I have been slow to get them paintings because of the time spent with Master Oil Painting.

Both are sincere passions.

I feel incredibly blessed to have become friends with so many remarkable artists around the world through our Master Oil Painting Community. I believe you will fall in love with these wonderful people just as Kristie and I have. They are the reason I am happy to devote so much time to teaching and growing the Membership!

So, how much time did it take?

You’ve probably heard the story about James McNeil Whistler who was commissioned to create a painting many years ago. He walked into his studio and walked out again 15 minutes later with the finished masterpiece.

“Did you just now paint that?” the customer asked.

“Yes.”

“There’s no way I’m going to pay that much money for something that only took you 15 minutes!” said the man angrily.”

The artist calmly replied, “You’re not. You’re paying for the years of hard work it took to make this painting possible.”

Fortunately, we’ve managed to keep the cost of the Membership low. But now you know a little about the work that went into creating it all. Plus, we have no plans to slow down – we’re going to continue expanding the art training content you have access to through the Membership.

Will this instantly make me a professional artist?

Probably not.

Actually, it’s a pretty safe guarantee that this training by itself will not make you a professional artist anytime soon. Professional artists spend thousands of hours in front of their easel, reading books, attending workshops, and using training resources like this one. Nothing can ever replace good old-fashioned hard work and time in the studio.

However, this training is packed full of helpful hints, techniques, and tips that will shave time off your journey to becoming a professional artist and make the trip more enjoyable!

Why should I learn from Bill Inman?

That’s a great question. The way I teach and how I paint might not be the best fit for you. That’s why I love the 14-day trial you’ve chosen. You can decide for yourself how helpful the material will be for you.

But, since you asked, you’re probably wanting to know a little more about my art background – my street cred.

1983 was the year I sold my first painting (a pastel) in a professional gallery. I was 17 years old and a junior in High School. Even through art school and then over the last 30+ years I continued to sell my paintings through multiple galleries: New Horizons Gallery in Fairbanks, Ak; The Hole in the Wall Gallery in Ennis, MT; the Outlaw Inn Gallery in Kalispell, Mt; the Mockingbird Gallery in Sisters, OR; Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY; Joe Wade Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM; Turner Art Gallery in Cherry Creek, CO; Pam Driscol Gallery in Aspen, CO; Breckinridge Gallery, in Breckinridge, CO; Meyer Galleries in Santa Fe, NM; Greenhouse Galleries in San Antonio, TX; Galerie Kornye West in Fort Worth, TX; Willow Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ; Biltmore Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ; Mark White Gallery (I think that was the name) in Tucson, AZ; Sigmans Gallery in Indianapolis, IN; and last but not least, Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN.

1991 was the year I went full-time as a professional artist – painting, sculpting, and teaching an occasional workshop. I’ve been in multiple national juried shows, won the Congressional Art Award, and have my work in collections around the world from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, and all over the United States and Canada.

Painting is primarily how I’ve made a living. I did go back to school to complete an MFA degree in painting after 10 years of full-time painting (I thought it would give me more opportunities to teach) but continued to supply my galleries the entire time.

I’ve had years of classical training from both art school and world-class instructors in figure, landscape, wildlife, and floral painting and sculpting. My work has been shown in multiple art magazines like Southwest Art, and I’ve now instructed over 35,000 artists through our online training.

I’ve been around the block and love to share what I’ve learned.

One more quick story might be helpful. When I created my first full-length art training video in 2012, I pondered how best to approach it. So many videos contained bits of the painting process, but were seldom of work the artists would sell in a gallery.

A couple years before that first video I purchased a DVD by an outstanding artist for around $200. The duration of the video was 10 hours.

I loved the refined natural looking edge work of the people in his market scenes – the ones I had seen in person in shows and galleries. The description stated that I would get to see the entire process from start to finish. That was exciting – it wasn’t going to be just a demo. I would get to see how he created those beautiful edges and skin tones (even though I rarely paint people, I’m always eager to learn new approaches and techniques).

It took 2 years before I got around to watching the tutorial, but I finally decided to block off some time and see what I could learn. As the DVD approached the 10-hour mark, he still wasn’t to the ‘finishing touches’ stage and I got a little trepidatious. He then told his viewers he was going to take the piece back to his studio to put on the final refinements. What? He never showed us how he finished the painting, which was the whole reason I bought the DVD in the first place.

That was the proverbial straw that guided the editing of my videos. My viewers would see every brushstroke! And the paintings would be the same ones I sell through my galleries.

Then I thought ‘Be real, Bill, nobody wants to sit through upwards of 30-100 hours of an art tutorial (that’s how long some of the taping was). That meant I needed to cut something out.

Kristie and I spend hundreds of hours editing out all the fluff. Every cough, brush cleaning, paint replenishing, and any other unnecessary moment. You see only the painting process and the color mixing. Only the good stuff!

Yes, some of the videos are still over 7 hours long, but it’s all painting and techniques. And there are more than 40 of those videos now in the Member Library.

I’m an eternal student myself – I love to learn from other artists. I believe all artists should spend their lives in pursuit of ever-expanding knowledge, understanding, and skill.

That’s how I also approach teaching. I give you everything I’ve got – I hold nothing back. When I learn something new, I share it with you!

Don’t let a blank canvas ever intimidate you again.

Let’s get you painting today!

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