Welcome

Welcome to the Traditional Oil Painting website, an authorised resource centre for fans of Virgil Elliott’s classic reference work Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present (now available here) and the popular Facebook group he moderates for artists.

On this site, the editor has collected Virgil’s contributions to discussions in the Facebook group and organised them in a variety of ways—by topic, categories, tags, an index, and a glossary—so that oil painters might find the single best answer to their technical questions as soon as possible.

Like the Facebook group, the scope of this resource centre is limited to traditional oil painting methods and materials and related matters, including updated information for readers of Virgil’s book.

This site will grow over time. Please contact the editor if you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to contribute in any way.

Why Professional Artists Care…

The rationale or philosophy is best summarized by Virgil himself in his description for the Facebook group:

“You never can know when something you paint is going to turn out to be really special, outstanding, inspiring, so it makes good sense to use the most lightfast pigments, the most durable materials and the soundest workmanship with that possibility in mind. The longer a painting with a special quality with the power to inspire people in a positive way lasts and retains that quality, the more people it will be able to inspire. How many of us were inspired to become artists by seeing a centuries-old painting that moved us profoundly? Why not aspire to create that same kind of inspiration for people far into the future?”