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Fruit & Dried Herbs

Fruit & Dried Herbs | Brandon Schaefer

6″ x 8″ | Oils

Still lifes are fun to put together and paint but they are starting to get stale to me. Part of it is that I don’t have any new objects to paint.. Been thinking a lot about creating paintings with more meaning and such – also some landscapes. I’ve been trying out a few different kinds of paint, have some interesting reviews coming in the next few weeks, stay tuned. Hope you are doing well!

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First Thoughts on Using Oil Paint

6 x 8 | Oils

6 x 8 | Oils

My painting journey began with watercolors 4 or 5 years ago, and after only using them for about a year I switched over to acrylics and never looked back. Now, having used acrylics for 3.5 years I decided to give oils a try and see what else could be achieved.


Since I began doing videos speaking about using oil paints, I have received a lot of questions regarding how I use them. My process is actually very similar to how I do my acrylic paintings.

1. I first start out with thinned down paint for the sketch – composition & lights/darks. Whether I use water-mixable oils or traditional oils the process is still the same. The only difference is whether I use water to thin or odorless mineral spirits [some artists use a citrus thinner]. Every artist is different – you can skip this step by sketching with charcoal or by using other drawing methods, instead of paint.

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About Me

I've been drawing since I can remember and I started painting with acrylics in October 2011. I paint mostly from life and usually every day objects when I'm not painting outside. I attempt to capture the beauty within these objects and scenes.

Location - Davis, CA


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