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9 reasons to adore OIL PAINT

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 2, 2013, 4:14 PM
1. FORGIVING - Oil is, even today, still one of the easiest and most forgiving mediums you can work in. Creating an oil painting is in fact relatively easy compared to other mediums such as watercolor or pastels.

2. EASY TO CONTROL - Oil paints are easy to put onto a canvas or panel. You just put some paint on your brush and rub it on the canvas or panel. The paint will generally not run or move.

3. SMOOTH BLENDING - Oil paints are king of the ring when blending colors together and creating subtle blends. Wet-on-wet is the sure fire way to get a smooth transition in your painting.

- One great property of oil paints is that they don't change color when they dry as opposed, for example, to acrylics or watercolor. Oils stay pretty-much the same for a long period of time (however, in a very long period of time, oil paintings have tendency to yellow).

5. EASY TO REMAKE - It's simple, just scrape the paint off with a paint knife and repaint whatever it was you scrapped off.

6. OPEN FOR EXPERIMENTS - Oils are also amenable to a whole series of techniques each of which yields a different look and feel. One example of such a technique is glazing. In this technique, several thin layers of transparent paint are put on top of each other. Each layer must be thoroughly dry before the next one is applied. Once done light is reflected off each layer resulting into an unusual luminosity and brightness.

7. LONGER WORKING / DRYING TIME - if you have plenty of time set aside for your painting, oils can be fantastic. It gives you the flexibility to start a painting and than come back to it the next day and continue straight where you left off. The paint on your palette will still be wet and pliable, the colors on your canvas can still be blended together.

8. VARIOUS SUPPORTS - Oils can be used on any number of grounds - canvas, panel canvas, wood, glass, paper, etc., when done correctly with excellent and durable results.

9. TESTED WITH TIME - Oil paints have been used for many centuries, their properties are very well known.

What is your experience with oil paints? Do you enjoy the medium for a specific reason or haven't tried it out yet?

Share your thoughts in the comments below  :heart:


Oil paintings feature:gallery:

ANGEL by AbdonJRomeroThe encounter with the soul by KlarEmDeanna by SteveJasperPortrait by kochetkov
Yet Another Droitural Study by thegryllus
Portrait of Dana by Adam-Nowak

Bellator by Raipun
Nude in the colours by renatadomagalska
from Machination of dementia series by lukaszwodynskiWhite plaster by aki-akiko


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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional
Lovely work
Envisualist Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love oil paints. Prior to art school, they intimidated the hell out of me, but they have such a nice consistency and smell so good that I really learned to love them. A down side, though, is that a lot of the stuff associated with their use is so toxic... it's why I can't use them as much as I'd like to.
SteveJasper Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great article! Thanks for featuring my painting :)
faeorain Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love a lot of things about oil paint but I have issues with being sensitive to the fumes/odors. I wish I had a more open space to work with it...I'd probably use it a lot more often.
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Ellie by RhynWilliams  Self Portrait by RhynWilliams  I love using oils, although I'm quite new to it
lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh boy... never tried oils... I must add that to my list. :happybounce:
lcbailey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
I like your posts!
S1lentknyte Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very nice article.  Thank you for pointing out the good qualities of the medium.
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't get enough of the stuff!
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