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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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XeonartOmega Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't get enough of the stuff!
codexii Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i am really interested with oil painting but have less info about this. thanks for sharing. ♥
Angelles-LaVeau 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!!
jane-beata Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
SO damn happy to hear that, to inspire one person is enough to keep on writing these :huggle:
Angelles-LaVeau 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.
jane-beata Feb 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know what you mean, sometimes it gets crazy to document everything. Good luck on that texture experiment (:
Angelles-LaVeau Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Will keep you posted on it!!
ArtByCher 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.
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 !
Hardrockangel 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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