Category Archives: Kathwren Jenkins

Paintings demonstrated by Kathwren Jenkins. Kathwren writes the content for the “Beauty of Oil Painting” books.

Simple Flower Techniques

Simple Flower Techniques

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Kathwren Jenkins

Kathwren Jenkins shows just how easy flower painting can be with some simple flower techniques. She paints all the flowers with just 3 different brushes. The important thing to note, is that it is the stroke Kathwren is teaching here.

Kathwren shows how to paint 4 different flowers in this 25 minute clip. She starts by painting the thin undercoat to a Geranium, then using a chiselled flat brush she paints in some petals using a simple stroke consisting of pushing down and pulling up the brush. Then with a lighter paint and the edge of the brush to produce some for-shortened leaves using the flat, and then the  edge of the brush.  She then uses a small filbert brush to form some buds. (more…)

Gary Jenkins Background Technique DVD

Gary Jenkins Background Workshop DVD

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Gary Jenkins Abstract Background DVD

This Gary Jenkins Background DVD shows how Gary gets many of the lovely abstract backgrounds that we see in his paintings. View the excerpt from this video below, and then go to our shop to buy your own copy.


Oils, acrylics, and water can be used to give a unique background to your painting, and this DVD shows you how. The DVD also demonstrates how paper tablecloths, doilies, straws and other objects can be used.


The background to a painting is important. It can give a context to the main subject, it gives atmosphere and a directionality of light. A  properly applied background can turn a 2 dimensional subject into a 3 dimensional subject with the use of contrasting colours and styles. It can make your subject pop.

To see a short excerpt from the backgrounds DVD, see below. Buy it here

For more information on the Jenkins techniques go here.