Demo 11.7.2018 Dianne Munkittrick



Dianne Munkittrick is an award-winning artist who employs a technique using oil paint to create a watercolor-like painting.  The photo below displays her rubbing style of removing paint from a canvas to achieve this look.

Dianne teaches classes in her home studio in Santee, SC.  See her website for more information about her reasonably priced classes.

Dianne Munkittrick
Oil in Linen canvas


Dianne  began by explaining her technique of starting with an underlying layer of oil paint on part or all over a canvas.  She then rubs off the some paint to create highlights, leaving other places alone where she wants more color, then adding even more paint later for more emphasis.

This painting looks like watercolor with no visible brush strokes because it was created exclusively with her rubbing technique.





Guild members were spellbound with our guest’s presentation.


Dianne discussed ways to add texture to a painting.  As an example, she brought several completed canvases where she  used modeling paste to create textures on the canvas before painting.




Demonstrating The Rubbing Technique

Below you can see the progression of her technique using a dried sketch first and applying a  dark color over the whole canvas so that she can still see enough of her sketch to proceed.

Color going over a dry sketch of acrylic or oil paint

Beginning to rub out the highlights with a rag using her finger and a rag.










Adding in lighter paint and details with a small round brush.

Using a special fine bristled filbert brush, she created a look of hair.











She added layers of color using the round and filbert brushes on both wet and dry canvases.  She didn’t complete her demo painting telling us she wanted to add many more colors so that her painting looks like the photo she took of the fox seen above the painting.

Dianne is an entertaining and accomplished artist who was a delight to have as a guest at our meeting.  We all went away with at least one or two new ideas, even if we are not all oil painters.