Add vibrancy to your oil paintings with these top tips


Kruijt uses linseed oil as a medium, which has the benefit of drying within days. When working in layers, it means you don't have to wait for weeks. She uses synthetic brushes; Round for details, Flat to block areas and a Fan brush to soften edges.

Drawing animals is one thing – but what about birds, or flowers? Painting in oils means you can capture bright colours by gradually building the painting up in multiple layers. This technique is perfect for painting sunny roses.  was inspired to create this image after seeing a gorgeous wren sitting in my garden, its song lighting up the early morning. My roses weren't in bloom yet, but this magic moment inspired me to design a painting depicting them.

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Marjolein has two art degrees and has written two books on painting animals. Her pet portraits are in great demand after several TV appearances.