Oil Painting Project: How to Paint Jelly Donuts

How to oil paint jelly donuts

Donuts! Does anyone else ever say that like Homer Simpson?….

Homer Simpson with donuts

This oil painting video tutorial is jam-packed with yummy oil painting techniques and insights that you get to practice in a fun and practical way.  Here are some of the oil painting techniques that you will use when creating this painting: 

Such an awesome treat in so many ways!

What is Sfumato?

There are three primary types of edges in oil paintings:

  1. Hard Edges
  2. Soft Edges
  3. Diffused Edges, also called sfumato.

Hard edges indicate an abrupt or sharp transition from one color shape to another.

Soft edges indicate a gradual or smooth transition.

edges in oil painting

Lost edges, also known as diffused edges, or Sfumato. Sfumato (sounds like sfu ma ta) means “dark smoke” in Italian.  Leonardo da Vinci described it as “without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus of plane”.  In other words, the edges are so soft you cannot actually see them but you know an edge is there based on other comparative elements.

The presence of all three edges are important to create realistic imagery and control the viewer’s eye.  

Check out the following short clip for a look at how I laid out the painting.

Through weekly oil painting class, you will:

  • purposefully grow your knowledge of oil painting techniques
  • develop and refine your oil painting skills
  • develop and refine your oil painting style
  • develop and refine your understanding of what makes great art

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