This video is short, only 3 minutes long. But it demonstrates a critical idea in oil painting. Art is all about problem solving – using our imagination to overcome obstacles.

We can leave ourselves open to any tool, whether it’s a paint brush, a chopped up credit card, or a photograph. Oil painters use squeegees, palette knives, sand, wax, fabrics, glass beads, Q-tips – anything that will help them achieve the textures and marks that will tell the story they long to share with the world!

Those are simply tools to complement our imagination. We are problem solving creatures. We thrive when overcoming challenges.

I encourage you to use your imagination more, and to rely less and less on a photo that may have inspired the painting you’re working on!

Let me know in the comments some of the challenges you’ve overcome or are struggling with lately.

Happy painting,


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