Details, Details


Oh, details. This is honestly the most frustrating part of painting, if you’re impatient. I like to get things done fast. But the longer you spend on the details in your painting, the better it will turn out. It really is time-consuming, but totally worth it in the end.

For this post I will be focusing on putting detail inside the eye. Remember to pick your focal point (where you want the attention to be emphasized), paint that first and then work your way around it.

Before we dive into detail, create a common base color that you see in your reference photo. This color will be canceled out by 80% when you’re finished with the detail.

After putting some Raw Sienna and yellow around the Burnt Umber (brown shade), I added some warmth to the eye by painting red. It may look a little scary at first and you’re going to think that the whole eyeball will turn a horrendous red, but after using the detailed brush (in the photo above) to stipple the red color, I like to blend it out with a slightly larger brush. This is my favorite method of painting, it’s honestly so much fun! You can stipple in two different colors on your painting and just blend to create depth into your painting (if you prefer not to mix on your palette). I like to do this for small areas in the painting.

Because of the brown, the red easily created a warm orange color. Next I will be painting the pupil and the iris to create more dimension in the painting and finish up with some eyelashes.

Using the same tiny brush, I created lines from the outside of the eye, towards the pupil to make the painting look more textured and realistic.

The next step from here would be to create texture around the eye by using…… yes, detail.



You Are Your Worst Critic

Whenever I finish a piece of artwork, I immediately start pointing out all the flaws in it and end up driving myself to hating the piece. But to other people the painting may seem wonderful. Do not stress out if your end product does not end up becoming what you expected. A lot of times paintings turn out better than the photo, and that is honestly the best feeling. Worrying about getting every small detail exactly as it is in your reference photo is a huge mistake. It’s alright to venture beyond and create something a little different from what you intended.

A lot of abstract paintings are based under creating the illusion of something through art. I admire these kinds of paintings because they are appealing to the eyes, and inspire me to try something new in my own paintings. Through varying colors and the different strokes of paint, you can easily evoke all kinds of emotion from a simple painting.

Keep updated on my blog as I will teach you how to paint your own abstract painting!

Limited Palette

Hello loves, a very warm welcome to my page! I created this blog to teach people the basics of oil painting and ultimately encourage anyone, no matter what age…. to just try creating art through painting! Even if you don’t think you’re good at it! Promise you it will make a huge difference on your stress levels and you will find a peace like no other.

In this post I will be discussing why buying fewer oil paints can actually be useful. Oil paint itself is a little pricey, so it’s alright to buy a couple of standard colors instead of splurging on every color you think you need. The thing I love most about paint is how well it mixes and the numerous amount of colors you can create. With a limited palette you are forced to create colors that may end up not even existing by the tube, therefore making your color palette more unique. Having a limited supply of oil paint also forces you to think more about the warm and cool colors in the painting, as well as the composition.


Most applicable colors to purchase:

  • Ivory Black
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Titanium White
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson

The brand I recommend is M. Graham and Co because it is cheaper but still an amazing quality. The way you can tell oil paint is good quality is by its smooth consistency and the vibrancy of the colors. Oil paint is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way, therefore there is no need to get huge tubes. However, the only color that I suggest getting in a larger tube is white because of how much will be used in creating different colors. Black is also a color that will help create a variety of color, but since it is such a dark color you really only need a dash to dramatically change a shade, so a small tube is fine. However, if you want to lean towards a more abstract creation then by all means purchase whatever colors you like.

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Lots of love,

Amina K.