Virgil Elliott

Virgil Elliott: Traditional Oil Painting DVD/Book Combo Set


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






Virgil Elliott: Traditional Oil Painting Hardcover Book

Traditional Oil Painting is a unique and irreplaceable sourcebook for those who want to master the techniques and concepts of advanced oil painting. With step-by-step demonstrations, Virgil Elliott reveals the methods used by Masters from the Flemish school to today to create highly realistic, deeply meaningful art.

As more and more artists today look to the past, there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in painting realistically--in creating convincing illusions of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces. How did the Old Masters create their masterpieces? What kind of education allowed these great artists to create such beautiful work, and how can an artist learn these lessons today? 

Traditional Oil Painting answers those questions and many more. This comprehensive sourcebook explores the most advanced levels of oil painting, with full information on the latest scientific discoveries. Author and distinguished artist Virgil Elliott examines the many elements that let artists take the next step in their work: mental attitude, aesthetic considerations, the importance of drawing, principles of visual reality, materials, techniques, portraiture, photographic images versus visual reality, and color. Traditional Oil Painting helps artists master the secrets of realistic painting to create work that will rival that of the masters. 

These lessons are grouped by topic into chapters on:

  • The Importance of Drawing,
  • Principles of Visual Reality,
  • Color,
  • Techniques of Painting in Oils,
  • Oil Painting Materials,
  • Portrait, Landscape, and Still-Life Painting, and more.


Throughout, Elliott guides the ongoing education and development of your own artist’s voice and aesthetic sensibility. Students of art will appreciate highly detailed explanations of the Masters’ varied methods, made possible by recent scientific advances and by Elliott’s own expertise in oil painting materials and technique.

VIRGIL ELLIOTT is one of only 24 artists worldwide to be certified by the American Portrait Society. A highly sought fine artist, portraitist, teacher, lecturer, art show judge, and writer, Virgil has spent his career at the forefront of the revival of representational art. His atelier is located in Penngrove, California. The Art Renewal Center has certified him a Living Master.

Traditional Oil Painting by Virgil Elliott, 21 years in the making, has developed an enthusiastic following among oil painters. Used copies of this work regularly sell for over $150 on Amazon.

“The human psyche includes many intrinsic qualities beyond the influence of fashion. Art that touches them will endure.
— Virgil Elliott

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