Oil Paintings by Tom Lunzer
Since I was in college back in 1981 I wanted to know the glazing techniques of the old masters.
At the age of twenty I was already a pretty good oil painter but I still had a lot to learn and felt that knowing more about the technical aspects of oil painting like the old masters possessed would be a benefit to the quality of my work.
There where books available but learning technique from a book really is not ideal. A master oil painter knowledgeable of the old world techniques to tutor me is what I really wanted. There where non in my area that I could find and couldn’t afford one outside of my college fees anyway.
Later after I left college I did find an excellent oil painting teacher Eddwin Meyers who was teaching private courses in photorealism. He was a student of the fantastic Patrick Betaudier who lived outside of Paris France and unfortunately passed away in 2008. Eddwins teachings where invaluable to my becoming a very confidant oil painter.
The techniques that were used in the course was the Alla Prima method so there was not much done in the area of glazing and although my work was strong I really still wanted to know more about the old masters glazing techniques.
In the 1990’s I began painting with the airbrush, mostly for commercial reasons. I created a number of Science Fiction / Fantasy painting for Amazing Stories Magazine and later I would go into the 3D animation field. Oil painting was left behind.
About five years ago I decided to get back to oils and to create a number of paintings that I could begin to show in galleries. My brother Tim told me about an oil painting course on the web which taught techniques of the old masters. That course was the Web Art Academy and I was so glad I enrolled. My oil painting took on another dimension when I added glazing techniques to them. Photos of my recent work do not do total justice to them. You should see them in person, the depth of the shadows and translucent bright colors are really (I believe) impressive.
I would very much like to win “The Old Masters Academy Course” because I want to learn more about the fantastic techniques of the old masters. I want people to vote for to win this course because I want my work to continue to express the very best mastery in oil painting from the old world to the new.