Some time ago, I wrote a demonstration series describing how I use the Flemish method of oil painting in my own work. The Flemish method was developed by Flemish painters in the 1600s and involves developing a painting through a series of stages from a detailed drawing up to a finished work of art.

It’s also known as the Seven Step Method because it can be broken down into these seven basic steps:

• A detailed drawing
• An inked drawing
• Imprimatura (toning the support)
Umber Layer
Dead Layer
First Color Glazes
Final Color Layer

I’ve used the Flemish method or variations on it for several paintings over the course of the last five years or so. As with all methods of painting or drawing, it’s capable of producing magnificent artwork, luminous color, and mouth-watering detail. Read the full article on