Observation is a very important aspect of learning to paint in the
classical style. To master the technique, it is best to watch a master
paint for long periods of time. In the the contemporary system of
teaching, the student sits down right off with a handful of brushes
and a palette of paint, and starts slapping it on the canvas, while
the instructor looks on and makes comments or suggestions now and
then. It is therefore, very important for those wishing to seriously
pursue classical technique to just watch for a while.
The goal of the classical painting is not to depict objects as close
to nature as possible, but to compose a beautiful composition of color,
tone and texture.
Spread linseed oil on each well-dried previous layer immediately
before you begin the next layer. This leads to a better contact
of the paint of the dry layer with the paint of the next layer.
It also improves the process of dry brush blending