Techniques in oil painting are the equivalent of notes and chords in music. These are the physical means by which art is created.
Most painters living today use only three techniques. Imagine a musician having only three notes to use when they create their music! It is extremely limiting. And the understanding of techniques is very poor – techniques are taught poorly and not all of them are known let alone used. There are many reasons for this, one of which is that people these days wish for quick results, and dealers and galleries are content to sell paintings that have been created in minutes.
There are twelve techniques. Artists such as JMW Turner used all twelve. There is simply no way to create certain effects unless the techniques are known. Artistic features such as mood, atmosphere image complexity and movement require this knowledge.
Robert uses all twelve techniques in creating his works. If you would like to learn to paint using advanced techniques (all twelve and their advanced combinations) Robert has produced two premium quality online art courses that turn the beginner or practicing artist into an artist of excellence.
See the difference
Quick example – here are photographs taken very close up
Overwhelmingly the most commonly taught and practiced. Detail is lacking. Brush strokes are obvious. These paintings are easily duplicated.
Advanced techniques – taught and used by Robert – show an incomparable level of detail, visual vitality and complexity. No brush strokes can be seen. The paint surface is a complex combination that cannot be duplicated.