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Learn to paint an oil portrait or commission Clina Polloni to paint one of your family.

Learn to paint an oil portrait My father had a small and faded photo of our Great-Grandfather. From this photo and every thing my father told me, I painted his portrait, scanned it and printed on canvas. Now every member of our family has this painting for generations to come.


  1. Cover the canvas with a light coat of Raw Sienna, using acrylic.
  2. Draw the person from the old photo.
  3. Do your under-paint or imprimatura with a wash of raw sienna in acrylics because they dry faster. With raw sienna continue your defining the features of the face. The under paint is very important because you are drawing with colors and defining light and shade in your final painting.
  4. Using oils, paint the background.
  5. Using oils start painting the skin, blending light and shade to the color of the skin. Paint the features of the face, putting emphasis in the expression of the eyes.
  6. Paint eyebrows, hair and clothes.
  7. Sign your work of art.

Canvas: 11″x14″


  1. Titanium White
  2. Flesh, Portrait Pink or Pale Pink
  3. Yellow Ochre
  4. Raw Sienna
  5. Burnt Sienna
  6. Venetian Red
  7. Burnt Umber
  8. Raw Umber
  9. Cadmium Orange
  10. Cadmium Red Light
  11. Alizarin Crimson
  12. Cobalt Blue
  13. Sap Green
  14. Ivory Black

Brushes, multi-purpose, polyvalent, from the finest 0 to 6.
For Oil paintings, the best media is Refined Linseed Oil with Refined Turpentine. To clean the brushes Turpernoi. Glass container to mix media.
Easel (a simple table metal easel is fine).
Paper towel.
Plastic plate to mix colors or a Paper Palette.

Call Clina: 919-841-3132
Email: clinapolloni@gmail.com

Visit Clina Polloni Art Studio and Gallery
13 Garner Road, Franklinton NC 27527
Take a drive to the beautiful country of North Carolina. Only half an hour from downtown Raleigh.

Serving Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Wake Forest, Franklinton and the Triangle are of North Carolina.