Do you want to learn how to paint with oils but don’t know where—or how to begin?

Just getting started and feeling a bit lost?

Looking to take your oil paintings to the next level?

Oil Painting Course by Email

Whether you want to paint life-like portraits of horses—or other subjects—or want to brush up on landscapes, our one-on-one oil painting courses may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

Each course is designed around what you want to learn. Learn a new technique—my specialties are the umber under painting method and the Flemish method.

Learn how to prep a panel or canvas or learn how to paint a long, flowing mane that makes you want to run your fingers through it.

You can even learn how to paint believable landscape greens.

Portrait of Adios Indian

Portrait of Adios Indian


Flexible Classes

No matter what you want to learn, you will be able to work at your own pace and on your own time. The course is finished when you’ve successfully completed either one or two oil paintings. Take as much or as little time to complete the course as you need.

You will receive one-on-one tutoring throughout the process. We will observe national holidays and weekends, as well as illnesses and family events, during which times there may be delays in feedback.

A New Day

A New Day

Subject Matter

You choose what you paint. Submit several photos that you would like to work from (any subject matter) and together we will choose the best photo for you to learn from.

You will receive one-on-one email tutoring, covering your strengths and weaknesses, including helpful tips on making the work stronger. I’ll answer your questions from the drawing phase to putting on the finishing touches. If I don’t already know the answer, I’ll find it for you.


  • How to choose reference photos
  • How to create a dynamic work of art from photos
  • Getting a basic sketch on paper
  • The fundamentals of direct application of color and umber under paintings, and complementary under paintings

For those who are getting started in oil painting, we’ll also discuss tools and supplies, as well as the variety of paints and drawing surfaces available, and a few basic color exercises to show you what you can achieve with oils.

Portrait of Tight End

Portrait of Tight End

What You Need for the Course

  • Computer
  • Digital camera or scanner
  • DSL or Cable Connection for heavy downloads
  • Digital JPG/Photo Knowledge as well as Computer knowledge. (Technical computer support will not be offered, such as photo resizing, attaching photos to emails, etc., you need to be computer savvy).
  • Email address. Please keep your contact info up to date with the instructor. If your email address changes during the course, please contact us as soon as possible with the changes.
  • Oil Painting Materials. A materials list is available upon request if you’re new to the medium.


Two options for study are available.

One project: $135
Two projects: $225

Once payment is received, you’ll receive a course survey that lets you tell me what you most want help with and that will help me design a course to help you achieve that goal.

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About Carrie

Carrie has been making art for most of life and has been painting portraits of horses and other animals since selling her first portrait in Junior High. She specializes in up-close-and-personal portraits and moment-in-time images, with a special interest in horse racing of all types. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues including Lone Star Park, Arlington, Texas; Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and The Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky.

Her mediums of choice are oils and colored pencil.

She writes two monthly columns on colored pencils and colored pencil art for the online art magazine, In addition, she taught a local weekly colored pencil course and has offered online help and instruction through a variety of forums and online art groups.

Thank you, and we hope to sign you up today.

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*The artist’s specialties are with horses and other animals and with landscapes. Other subjects will be considered except for nudes and other offensive subjects. If you have a question, please contact Carrie.

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