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How To: Introduction to Oil Painting

Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island demonstrates how you can use your oil paints to produce stunning results with depth and clarity. He shares his approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!

Materials as shown in this video:
Opus Essential Oil Colours
Custom Stretched Phoenix Linen Canvas
Gamblin Artist’s Oil Colors
Stevenson Oils
Art Arch Willow Charcoal
Stevenson Professional Acrylics
Gamblin Gamsol
Opus Golden Wash Brush
Glass Palette
Windsor & Newton Artist’s Oil Brushes
Opus Mezzo Brushes
Liquitex Painting Knives


An excellent demonstration for those of us who are choosing to begin to paint with oils! Thank you Pierre.
Actions speak louder than words and in this demonstration, the words were helpful ones placed at the right time.

What type of canvases/surfaces can you use oil paints on?

This was disappointing as no sound came through and many of the captions made no sense at all - just partial sentences and incomplete thoughts left hanging in the air. That said, it was interesting seeing the technique evolve.

beautiful painting, pierre! ... and a helpful video. thank-you : )

Thanks for a great demo - can you do one soon using acryllics please.

Perfect timing - I am a snowbird residing in Yuma, Arizona for the winter who is familiar with water colours but just starting a class here in Oil Painting. As it is an introductory class the only supplies we need is an old shirt. The list of supplies will come in handy when I return to Coquitlam.

Loved it, Pierre. You have amazing talent and illustrate your skill and passion perfectly. I was enthralled.

PS, love the hat.

Thank Pierre! I drove into town and bought myself a beautiful box set of oils for myself for Christmas. It took me until just last week to put brush to canvas. I've worked with water colours, leads and airbrush but never oils. I'm a mess! (Note to self; wear an old shirt; thank-you Carol) In any case - this video is timely for me as well. Especially the idea of keeping the colours separated on the palate!:( Keen to see how the glazing works - will there be a Pierre part deux?

Hello Hailie,
As long as they are primed correctly you can use many different surfaces for oils. The traditionally used surfaces are cotton and linen canvas, and wood panels like cradled panels. There is a newer product called oil paper developed specifically for oil painting, no priming necessary. Check out our Painting Foundations: Sizes, Grounds and Acrylic Primer article for more information on grounds and substrates.

All the best

Loved the video. Being able to paint that loose is something I admire and hopefully accomplish. Love your painting.
Thanks looking forward to more.

Hello Anonymous

I am sorry to hear that the sound was not working when you viewed this video.

Here is a direct link to the video on YouTube, hopefully it will work better for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PORPYglX_zs

Please ensure that both your computer volume and the YouTube video volume are set loud enough and not muted. We have also reviewed your comment reguarding the subtitles in this video. As YouTube automatically transcribes the videos audio into captions we were not aware that they would be so off. We have looked into this and found out we are able to alter and add our own captions.

If your audio is still not working please use the caption option and select English - Full Captions, this option will bring up the correct captions. If you still have problems please email us at info@opusartsupplies.com with details such as browser used, operating system, problem encounterd, any notices or warnings that pop up when you try to play it, etc. so that we can try and find out what might be causing the problem.

Thank you for your feedback

Hello Claire,

Thats great to hear that the video came out just in time to give you some added inspiration to crack open the oils. We are now in the process of creating a part deux with Pierre and are filming the video very soon. He will be highlighting techniques such as fine detail work, glazing, and using cold wax medium to build body and specific textures.

Thank you for your comment and stay tuned for part deux!

Hello Robin,

Although we do not have any current plans to create an Intro to Acrylics video, there is a good possibility that this is one we will make in the near future. Thank you for expressing your interest in this topic, the more feedback we get the better informed we are when deciding future How-To videos.


Good guide to starters painters, who want to know something new about using paints.
I am a artist, here you have some of my art work:
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