The art demonstration at the Glendale Art Association was a great experience! I met a wonderful group of artists of all ages. Everyone was willing to see and hear what I do and how I do it. This was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, ideas, techniques, and opinions. In this type of activity, we […]
These are samples of good pet images that are very suitable for portrait paintings. There aren’t so many things to say about these ones. Of course that a professional photographer could find a lot of imperfections in them. But for making portrait paintings, these are plenty good enough. You can see how these faces and […]
These are samples of pet images that aren’t suitable for portrait paintings. Portraits focus on the faces, either for a person or a pet. Therefore, the image to be used as a guide for a portrait painting needs to accomplish certain lighting, composition and focus standards. This doesn’t mean that now a person needs to […]
I’ve just finished an interesting painting for me. This is a portrait of in memory of my dear dog “Daisy.” She was definitely a big part of the family. She lived for 17 years!
This video shows a bit of a long journey: a study of Leonardo Da Vinci oil painting. It is a section of the Virgin of The Rocks. It toke me a lot of work, but I’ve learned fantastic things from this oil painting.
This video shows a bit the process of a 1 color portrait done with the drybrush technique on canvas.
My name is Fernando Olea. I love painting with oils. I just finished this self-portrait oil painting with a drybrush technique. … Ahem. Hope I don’t look too old! Here is a YouTube link that shows a brief time-lapse progress of the painting from beginning to end: https://youtu.be/FpqSZYzKu3c
Some years ago, I ran into a phenomenal technique for oil portrait painting called dry brush, drybrush or drybrushing and so forth. This technique was created and developed in Russia in the ’80s. Street portrait artists uses this technique to successfully produce photo-realistic portraits. The basic technique consists of loading a “touch” of oil on […]
When I talk about art, I am not sure if I am in agreement with “talking about my art.” It is relative and irrelevant. What could I think or say about my art? Imagine that I said: “This is a marvelous art work that Fernando Olea has accomplished. He has emphasized in a formidable way […]
The reason for this rather strange title is that when I look at a dry brush piece I always think about how the medium became so popular. No, it doesn’t have a long history such as oil paintings and charcoal sketches. In fact, it only really struck the attention of artists in the 1980’s. More […]