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I am working on a new painting, and as with all my paintings, I am dissatisfied. I work full time and am the only one who cooks, so generally I don't have a ton of free time to paint, as well as having a couple other projects I want to work on that aren't art related. Then, too, my job is very mentally and physically taxing, so I don't always feel up to working on painting. All this adds up to not enough practice which is totally my fault and something I just need to make the time for. However, I'm becoming more and more frustrated as I try to paint because I lack a lot of knowledge and skill. I watch tutorials, things SEEM easy, then I try and realize I have no idea what I'm doing. So now I have about 50 paintings in my head that I'm basically scared to start on because I'll just fuck them up.

So my question is this: Does anyone have technical knowledge of using oil paints in a somewhat realistic fashion and want to share any insights? Are there certain color combinations that you use that make really beautiful skin tones, foliage colors, or stone? Are there specific ways you paint? Do you start with washes? Do you underpaint in brown, or opposite colors? Are there any really quality tutorials (free!) that have helped you improve your skills? Please let me know!
The Black Cat by trinafool
The Black Cat
Watercolor on paper. From Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Black Cat". The cat is the vengeance that hangs the main character. Sort of designed as a tarot card. Now that I'm done it looks dorky. 
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The Telltale Heart by trinafool
The Telltale Heart
From Edgar Allen Poe's Telltale Heart. The killer's guilt dragging him down, and the agony he is experiencing. Oils.            
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Carin
Artist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Arcata, CA
I'm not a professional artist, I work as a sign language interpreter so sometimes it takes a while to get things done.
I am working on a new painting, and as with all my paintings, I am dissatisfied. I work full time and am the only one who cooks, so generally I don't have a ton of free time to paint, as well as having a couple other projects I want to work on that aren't art related. Then, too, my job is very mentally and physically taxing, so I don't always feel up to working on painting. All this adds up to not enough practice which is totally my fault and something I just need to make the time for. However, I'm becoming more and more frustrated as I try to paint because I lack a lot of knowledge and skill. I watch tutorials, things SEEM easy, then I try and realize I have no idea what I'm doing. So now I have about 50 paintings in my head that I'm basically scared to start on because I'll just fuck them up.

So my question is this: Does anyone have technical knowledge of using oil paints in a somewhat realistic fashion and want to share any insights? Are there certain color combinations that you use that make really beautiful skin tones, foliage colors, or stone? Are there specific ways you paint? Do you start with washes? Do you underpaint in brown, or opposite colors? Are there any really quality tutorials (free!) that have helped you improve your skills? Please let me know!

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skin242 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Thankyou! :wave:
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BethanyFisher Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks for the fav! 
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sandsandra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
thanks for the favorite!  =D
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W-out Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   General Artist
thank you so much for adding my work.. big grtzz and peace
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving ! :D
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coian Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Artist
thx for the fave :)
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CrazedShitakes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Random howdy!
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how are you? :D
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trinafool Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm well, thanks! Howdy back!
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CrazedShitakes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
No problem! thanks! :D
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McFlyky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
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