Virgil Elliott

Virgil Elliott: Traditional Oil Painting - The Principles of Visual Reality Video


Video Length: 7 Hours 17 Minutes
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Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • More confidence in your painting ability (we all want that, right?)
  • Hard to find in-depth instructions on lost Renaissance painting techniques
  • A fundamental understanding of composition (capture your viewer’s attention and keep it).
  • The importance of drawing as it relates to oil painting (and how it can speed up your preparation process)
  • Ways to incorporate more variety into your work (which makes every piece that much more mesmerizing)
  • The temptation you should resist when you start a piece.
  • How you can create a good likeness. This alone is worth the time and investment.
  • How selective focus makes viewers see what you want them to see (so you can convey the emotions and stories you want them to experience)
  • The relationship between shapes and lines (so you can easily make adjustments to your paintings).
  • The secret to realistic geometric perspective (watch this over and over, get it right, and your viewers will immerse themselves in anything you create!)
  • The relationship between light and shadows (because realism deals with more than just objects and settings)


Artists everywhere have asked us many times over to offer an instructional video with Virgil.

Now it’s here! In this video, Traditional Oil Painting: The Principles of Visual Reality, Virgil brings his book to life as he openly shares the methods and techniques that have brought much acclaim and recognition to him and his work.

Imagine being one of the few artists on earth who understands the techniques of Johannes Vermeer studied by a living master. You'll be on your new path to improvement the second you start the video.You'll experience immediate benefits to your artwork. Then, the more you practice, you’ll see steady increases over the following weeks, months, and years.

Ranked a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center, Virgil has earned his stripes in the art world many times over. That’s why he’s been on the ASTM International Subcommittee on Artists’ Paints and Materials since 1996. And he has spent decades understanding the techniques of Johannes Vermeer, the great Dutch artist.

Because of Virgil's vast knowledge and experience, it's highly likely you've never had a chance to learn from a teacher at this level. You'll find that Virgil wants nothing more than to freely share what he has learned through the years. He holds nothing back, giving you a chance to learn and practice the methods and techniques that have helped him become one of today's greatest painters.

You won't want to miss one minute of studying with Virgil. What he instructs and demonstrates for you here will be a complete art- and life-changing experience for you.

In this video, Virgil Elliott explains and demonstrates a section from his book that will help you create the illusions of three-dimensional depth on two-dimensional surfaces.


Video Extras:

  • Bonus DVD lesson: A Review of Materials for Realistic Oil Painting (so you can make sure you’re ready to start creating as soon as you start watching)
  • High-speed view (which can help you study techniques and body movements)
  • Exhibit of works (to find inspiration and see where your skills can end up)
  • Eric Rhoads’ interview with Virgil (so you can get insight into the mind of a master — not just his techniques)
  • Even a rare guitar jam session between master guitarist Virgil Elliott and Eric Rhoads.

Order the Virgil Elliott: Traditional Oil Painting Hardcover Book HERE


Chapter Outline


Chapter 1: Geometric Perspective

Chapter 2: Atmospheric Perspective

Chapter 3: Selective Focus

Chapter 4: Nature of Light


Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Pat Harrison
Virgil Elliott´s book: Traditional Oil Painting - The Principles of Visual Reality

A fantastic book on traditional oil painting. Every chapter contains valuable information. I have read the book several times now and I always discover something new each time. I can make use of everything I have leant even when I am painting in acrylics.

Heidi levy
Virgil Elliot Traditional Oil Painting

Virgil Elliot Traditional Oil Painting was wonderful. I especially liked the patience and thoroughness that he exhibited when going into some of the detail which is seldom mentioned in most instructional videos. It was very helpful toward expanding my knowledge. Given the fact that I teach painting at community centers, I will be able to pass this to (struggling, for the most part) painters.

Kala Combrink
Masterclass with Virgil Elliott

Let's start off with what this video is not - It is not a quick view that you will watch once and quickly forget! It is packed with valuable information from a lifetime of experience. To be watched again and again. Traditional oil painting at its best, presented by a master of the trade.

Laurette DiCarlo Stern
Nice video

It was nice. Offered some instruction, but disappointed with the amount of content. I was expecting more in-depth visual instruction based from his book.

Michael Martonick
Traditional Oil Painting

I have read his book and feel the DVD added information. For me, I learn visually. So, the DVDs has always been a good source for me.