Traditionally oil paintings have been a popular art form since the 1400′s. The greatest painters in history have used oil paint to create the most beautiful works of art the world has ever known. In more recent times, there are still artists who like to work with oil paint because of the 3D quality that they seem to evoke, while there are others who prefer a different medium to create their own art pieces.
Oil paintings are created with oil paint, which is made of pigments of color that are held together by oil and mixed with a bit a turpentine for smoother application. The great thing about oil paint is that the oil makes it so easy to blend colors and the colors stay the same, even after the paint dries. Oil painters consider this an advantage because they can easily envision how their final product should look like and, at the same time, they can make color adjustments without affecting the quality of the paint. However, the blending property of oil paint can also be a disadvantage because it could result in unwanted color mixes that could ruin the whole painting.
Oil paints contain different types of oil: linseed, safflower, and walnut are some of them. On average, it takes oil paint a week to dry. Linseed is the preferred oil by most oil painters because it only takes three to five days to dry, but it tends to yellow with time. Art experts recommend using it with darker colors or underneath other colors that the artist would like to emphasize to make the effects of linseed oil less noticeable. On the other hand, they suggest using either safflower or poppy seed oil for lighter colors, since they don’t yellow at all.
Since oil paint takes a while to dry, painters have to take extra care in drying their canvas oil paintings. Otherwise, the colors might run and the artist would have to go through the hassle of making major adjustments before waiting for the paint to dry some more. There are simple ways to make oil paintings dry faster. One way is for painters to put their paintings in an area that will be directly hit by sunlight, as the dry heat will cause the pigments to harden much faster. Another way, which they can try while they are working on their painting, is to wait for the first layer of color to dry slightly before applying another layer over it.
One other advantage of oil paint is that it can be applied on any surface and it wouldn’t lose its depth and consistency. Whether one applies it on a canvas or a wall, as people in olden times used to do, the colors will still reach out to whoever views the artwork. This must be why, despite the many mediums now available to art professionals, a lot of painters still prefer to use oil paint to better convey their artsy thoughts and feelings.
In conclusion, despite some of the disadvantages of using oil paint, artists still make beautiful oil paintings because every one, from all walks of life, appreciates them, no matter what subject the painter focuses on.