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At first glance, creating oil paintings may seem quick and easy. But when you become more experienced in oil painting, you can create works of art that outshine your fellow peers.

Landscape Oil Painting with Plein-air Techniques

WIP: Plein air and Studio Painting . Painting, and Oil Painting project by Diana Buitrago - 07.10.2022

A course by Diana Buitrago
Teacher Plus
Realist Painter. New York, United States.
Joined December 2021

WIP: Plein air and Studio Painting . Painting, and Oil Painting project by Diana Buitrago - 07.10.2022

Realist Painter.
New York, United States.

Painting a natural landscape can transport you to a calmer, more peaceful world. However, on rainy days or when stuck in the city, adapting plein-air techniques indoors can help take you to that idyllic space just the same. Realist painter Diana Buitrago is here to teach you how to paint captivating scenery from the comfort of your home.

In this online course, learn how to compose and paint natural landscapes in oil using Plein-air techniques. Transform a photograph or your own sketches into a vibrant oil painting. By the end of the course, you will be able to recreate natural light in your landscape paintings.

What will you learn in this online course?

21 lessons & 26 downloads

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  • 99% positive reviews (108)
  • 2532 students
  • 21 lessons (4h 12m)
  • 26 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English , Spanish , Portuguese , German , French , Italian , Polish , Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course’s project?

Paint a studio landscape using oil painting techniques in four layers: block-in, under-painting, first color pass, and final revision (or over-pass layer).

Projects by course students

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Who is this online course for?

This course welcomes oil painters with moderate, little, or no experience in landscape painting, as well as more experienced painters looking for more guidance.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need:

    ⦁painting tubes of different colors

⦁brushes, an easel, a palette

⦁a space with natural or artificial light

⦁drawing materials such as paper, pencils, charcoal, eraser, among others.


2532 Students
108 Reviews
99% Positive ratings


A professora desse curso é fantástica. Ensinou profundamente. Ela realmente entende do assunto e não poupou transferi-los.

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Diana is so thorough with her course and explains every thing very clearly. Thank you for such a great course. I hope that she does another one!


One of the best courses I’ve done, learned more from this wonderful artist than ever before.
She knows what she is talking about, and she couldn’t explain it any better. I recommend this course to any artist, even if you think you can paint. Thanks very much for this course and I hope there will be more.


A wonderful course with extremely detailed lessons, interesting theory and actually a painting of your own you like when you’re done.


J’ai adoré ce cours, vraiment pédagogique avec l’utilisation des médiums, etc. Super!
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A course by Diana Buitrago
Teacher Plus
Realist Painter
Joined December 2021

Diana Buitrago is a classically-trained realist painter from Colombia. She’s currently based in Jersey City, and works in New York City. The focus of her work is on both landscape painting and portrait painting from life. She’s received extensive formal artistic training at the Art Students League, Artistic Anatomy coursework at Drexel University’s School of Medicine, and the four-year Core Program at the Grand Central Atelier. She has studied under artists Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, Jon DeMartin, Jacob Collins, and Colleen Barry. Her work has been exhibited in New York in Eleventh Street Arts Gallery, Robert Simon Fine Art, Salmagundi Club, The Phyllis Harriman Gallery, and as well as at the Colombian Embassy in New York.

She now teaches painting to the advanced students in the Core Program at the Grand Central Atelier. She’s also taught workshops for The Art Students League of New York and in other institutions around the world such as Paris, Vienna, and Mexico City. When she’s not teaching, she’s at home painting in her studio or out traveling painting landscapes en Plein-air. In 2018, she was awarded a Fellowship with The La Napoule Foundation, which took her to the South of France to paint the beautiful Côte d’Azur. She’s also a four-time Hudson River Fellow, which allowed her to paint breathtaking landscapes in New Hampshire, New York’s Hudson Valley, and Connecticut. In 2019, her painting “Portrait of a Young Dancer” won a certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America.



About Me

Fundamentals of Landscape Painting

The Materials
Nature as a Major Inspiration
Landscape Elements and Pictorial Planes

Compositional Studies and Sketches

Thumbnail Sketches and Draw-In 1
Thumbnail Sketches and Draw-In 2
Studio Setup, Lighting, and Toning the Canvas
Value and Color Studies 1
Value and Color Studies 2
Value and Color Studies 3

Developing the Studio Painting: The First Two Layers

The First Layer: Block-In
The Second Layer: Underpainting

Developing the Studio Painting: The Third Layer

The Sky and Deep Space
The Middle Ground
The Foreground 1
The Foreground 2

Revisions and Corrections: The Fourth Layer

Revision, Glazes, Scumbling, and Impasto 1
Revision, Glazes, Scumbling, and Impasto 2
Varnish and Preservation of the Painting
Painting Outdoors: Plein-Air Gear

Final project

Landscape Oil Painting with Plein-air Techniques

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Domestika’s courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika’s courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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What’s An Oil Painting?

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments such as oil, watercolor, or acrylic on a solid surface.

Oil paint is generally a medium to thickly concentrated paint mixture of pigment and a solvent. Oil paint is derived from mineral oils, animal and plant sources, such as pine nut oil.

The artist combines a paint blend with gesso, which is a mixture of glue and flour. The mixture is applied, which is then covered with another layer of paint. The process is repeated until the desired finish is achieved.

Oil painting is one of the oldest and most common specialties in art. You need to learn not only about the history, but also about how to look at the form and the importance of composition.

Because everything in oil painting has to be on your canvas, you’re constantly thinking of new ways to visualise and capture it.

The History Behind Oil Painting Landscape

Oil painting is an ancient form of art that has been used for over 1,000 years. It consists of preparing an oil paint surface on a flat surface, like canvas or board, and applying it with a round stiff or fluted paintbrush to produce an image.

Oil painting as an art form was first introduced in Europe in the 15th century. Jan van Eyck is best known as an Early Netherlandish painter.

He also made some art history-changing works, like the ‘Ghent altarpiece’, one of the most influential works of art of all time.

Jan van Eyck mixed linseed oil and oil from nuts with a wide range of colours. But van Eyck wasn’t the only one to create oil paintings. Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Robert Campin all made artworks using oil paints.

Oil painting is an ancient method of painting that has evolved over the millennia to incorporate several different techniques, depending on the place or time period at which a painting was created.

Ancient oil paintings were created using pigments ground directly into the canvas, using brushes made from animal hair. Most oil paintings created today are from paints mixed with a combination of pigment and oil.

What Do I Need For An Oil Painting Landscape?

A professional portrait painter works with oil paint to create detailed pictures. Oil painting is a well-established method of painting, and as such is a highly respected area of the art world.

Painters use many different tools, brushes, paints, and rollers in order to create the finished picture. The level of detail in each painting has the potential to make a great piece for framing.

The ultimate goal of oil painting is to create a beautiful and inviting work that people will want to hang on their walls.

It requires a lot of research into what your artist likes, needs, and wants, and then finding artists who can capture those elements and transfer them onto canvas in a way that works for you.

Those artists are very specific in their style, their color palettes, and the type of artwork they want to create. This process is not only time-consuming but also often expensive and exclusive.

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