My First Oil Portrait (after many hours of oil painting lessons)        
"Best of Show" Greater Kansas City  1993  
Click to see Schoolastic Award
Another purpose of this web site is to show case how art can be used working with youth at risk as a therapy    
tool. Some of the student art work is from physically and mentally handicapped youth. It's quite amazing the
results I get using the wet on wet oil painting technique.

Bob Ross (you know that PBS happy little tree guy) really was quite a master oil landscape painter. He would
complete an oil painting in 30 minutes or less. Which is  quite amazing all in  itself. I have used this technique to
teach students as young as 3 years old. All most all the oil landscapes were completed by these students in
about 2 hours. All most all the student art was their very first oil landscape. I have fine tuned my approach in
teaching this technique over the years with great success.
I also wanted to say that drawing pencil or  graphite portraits for 99.9% of artist that do this know it is a learned
thing. To get really good at it you have to practice, listen, take lessons, etc... Just the brand of pencil and
especially the paper can make a portrait great or completely ruin it.  Even the brand of fixative spray can ruin it at
the very end. So do your research, take some lessons and have fun, For simply the best book on drawing go to
JD Hillberry's web site and buy his book like I did (I renamed it the "The Holy Grail of Drawing"). Below are some
links to great web sites for drawing and painting tutorials......................
Dave Bj
p.s.I include these miss spellings of the word portrait for all the people like me that can't spell well and typed the wrong
spelling while searching. portrat portrate portrates, portriat
Pencil drawings by J. D. Hillberry. Galleries of art
prints of western, still-life,
trompe l'Oeil and others."
Brian Duey Pencil Drawings
Karin Well Portrait tutorials
Karin Wells Portrait  tips