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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.

4. COLOR STABILITY
- 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:

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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
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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.
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SteveJasper Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great article! Thanks for featuring my painting :)
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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.
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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
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh boy... never tried oils... I must add that to my list. :happybounce:
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lcbailey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
I like your posts!
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S1lentknyte Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very nice article.  Thank you for pointing out the good qualities of the medium.
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True!!
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XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't get enough of the stuff!
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codexii Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i am really interested with oil painting but have less info about this. thanks for sharing. ♥
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love oils. I should post more of them, make some tutorials. Thanks Jane!! You've lit a fire under my rear to get me moving. Just what I needed!! :hug: great article!!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
SO damn happy to hear that, to inspire one person is enough to keep on writing these :huggle:
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Keep on writing!! If you need help, let me know. I'm a writer too. :) I'm happy to do it. [link] one of the oils in my gallery here. They generally sell fast and I HAVE GOT to start remembering to take descent photos of everything before I let them walk out the door. In all these years you think I would know that by now. :giggle: I'll upload more oils. :nod: :hug:

I'm experimenting with a new textured look with gouche and palette knives. Suppose it would work with oils just as well (just on a smaller scale - $$$ - ouch!) I'll let you know how it turns out.
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean, sometimes it gets crazy to document everything. Good luck on that texture experiment (:
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Angelles-LaVeau Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Will keep you posted on it!!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
I love oil paints. The colors are so rich. And they really are very forgiving. I've worked very little with them because of the odor and expenses.
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Zalosta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
And I though oil painting was hard as hell to work with oO You just convince me to try this one day, this does not look so difficult after reading this. More, entertaining. Thanks !
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could adore oil paints, but as someone who's only just made her first painting, they still take some getting used to.
I'm sure I'll come to love them over time, though. :giggle:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love oil painting, I used to do it myself :la:

It is a really nice medium, that doesn't let you screw up easily, as you said, it can be easily corrected :nod:

I always got frustrated with how quick acrylics dry and how rough the felt, oil is so much softer and it just feels more elegant :D
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MadMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And the water soluble ones are even better than the "original" thing... :heart: No more playing with turpentine, varnish & co :). Just water, water and water!
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Phillimored Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I absolutely loved oil painting when I was in college. Mostly for the reasons you listed, pliability, experimentation and such. I did find the drying time both a blessing and a curse. I had major concerns that it wouldn't dry in time for the hand in date but it was lovely to be able to come back the next day and the paint still be workable. I'd love to work with it at home but I'm a bit ignorant when it comes to oil paint. I have no idea of the costs, which brands to use etc. It's something I'll definitely have to look in to!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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Andela1998 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are good points to try oil indeed. I'm new at paints, so.. I was thinking about trying oil paints. but I can only get a small set of oil paints where I live. I can get a larger set of acrylics. So I was wondering is the difference big between oil paints and acrylics?
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The difference is quite huge, even though both techniques can bring very similar results. Major difference is their chemistry, binders and therefore behavior - for example, oils not only yellow in time but if you don't work "fat over lean" (meaning that each additional layer should contain more oil than the previous layer to allow proper drying), your painting will / might crack in time. Neither of these effects happen with acrylics.

In general, you can find a lot of information about the difference over the internet, this will allow you to pick a proper technique you prefer (:
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Andela1998 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I have just read some pros and cons about acrylics and oils and... i think I'll choose acrylics even though they dry faster than oils. I found some tips how to prevent them from drying so fast.
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MelikeBirsenAtes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Also oil painting is more fun!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True! :boogie:
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Cellarvee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Very good points, overall a great case for painting in oils. There is also the ability to add textures, gloss or matt finishes, by adding various ingredients, impasto, linseed oils, etc.
On the down side, a painting can take a very long time to properly dry out, and this can be a problem for those who are painting to sell. If you are wanting to varnish the finished work (to really bring up the colours and protect the finish), I have found it is best done after 6 months.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Another great point, indeed it is a little discouraging for those who are looking for quick result. Thank you for your comment (:
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starbuxx Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great article! I just completed my first oil painting in a long time a couple of days ago. It was a seascape, and little, a 12x12, but a lot of fun and it came out surprisingly well! I'm gonna get a bigger canvas for my next one!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome, glad to hear you enjoy the technique (:
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KazuAC Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info. I totally appreciated it. I just recently bout a 20-something dollar worth of oil painting kit for 7 bucks and change and plan to use it when my skills are intermediate or advance.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading and good luck on trying the technique (:

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Mivala Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I find that oils are not the greatest for surfaces smaller than 16"x20".;B I want to take up oil painting, but I've only had luck on large canvases....which I lack at the moment because I don't often get to paint! So for now I do small acrylic images.....eventually I'd love to master oils.:) They're so gorgeous.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a good point, large or mid sized canvas is probably ideal.
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Cellarvee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
But if you paint on smooth wood, you can get the finest detail into the tiniest board!
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