Your brilliant landscape work has really recharged my batteries, as I have retired from clinical medical practice and now paint, compose soundtrack music, teach bonsai and fly a drone like you! Thank you for all the great things you are doing for artists and illustrators like myself!
The Art School
Michael James Smith is a professional artist with over 20 years of experience in oil painting. His unique painting technique enables him to achieve outstanding photorealism in landscape, seascape and still life oil paintings. You can explore a small selection of Michael’s artwork in our gallery.
The Online Art School was established in 2017 to enable everyone from the complete beginner to the more experienced artist to learn Michael’s oil painting technique, with step-by-step, online video tutorials.
Michael’s tutorials are here to help and guide you to improving your oil paintings. Whether you are looking for help with colour mixing, learning which paintbrushes to use, or you would like to learn the more intricate oil painting techniques and styles, you will find all that you need right here in the Art School.
There are 18 comprehensive oil painting tutorials to choose from, including stunning landscapes, picturesque seascapes and beautiful still life subject matter.
Michael covers everything from the preferred paintbrushes, the paint colours required and how to mix them, through to explaining his own tried and tested techniques to help you achieve his photorealistic style of painting.
Each full-length oil painting tutorial, which can range from between 3-11 hours, is broken down into shorter videos so that you can easily follow and absorb Michael’s guidance, tips and techniques.
You will also find an equipment list with every oil painting lesson, together with a downloadable reference photo and sketching guide to help you plan out your initial sketch on your canvas or board.
Michael believes that everyone has the ability to learn how to paint. It doesn’t matter how your first attempt turns out, painting with oils takes time and plenty of practice. With Michael’s guidance, you should start to see a difference in your artwork within a short space of time.
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