Open Studio Forum is not another internet oil painting method. It is a forum about the foundational elements of representational painting using oils.

Our audience is the person with desire and passion to learn how to paint. Maybe the person doesn’t have a formal art education or has an art education but hasn’t applied it in a long, long time.


Before we go on any further let me introduce myself. I’m Jim Kingston. For nearly the past 50 years I’ve worked as a commercial artist. I worked as an art director on Madison Avenue. I illustrated in local and national newspapers and magazines. As the world became digital I pioneered in graphic automation, interactive features and large scale image interactive image databases. Somehow in all that I participated in juried art fairs from Miami to Maine. Ending my work a day career by automating financial newspaper production for papers around the world.

For the past 8 years my focus has changed to producing art. Painting. Art the expresses my feelings not those of others. Not representing data or things or someone elses stories. I’ve had to retrain myself. To reach back to foundation skills to create work techniques that are both economical in time and cost

The forum is linked to my web site We cover a lot of ground on the forum. Drawing, composition, photographing your work, material and more.

Starting in early January 2019 I have st start charging a modest $100 per year. I’m planning more features and group participation challenges. Come on lets have some fun.

Try us for one month if you’re not happy with the forum we’ll credit your account no questions asked.



Portrait Swap Challenge 2018-2019

In October 2018 we started a portrait swap challenge. 8 artist took up the challenge. Several of them had never done a portrait before. This is a sampling of the works in progess as of early January 2018.


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