5 Key Takeaways on the Road to Dominating Art

Why Turn Your Photos Into Oil Paintings?

Oil paint is considered to be one of the great classic media. It has been popular through the centuries and proven with its steadfast color and general durability.

There are several reasons behind artists’ love for oils, the most common being versatility. They may be completely opaque or transparent in varying degrees, depending on how much solvent is used. They are also slow to dry, giving artists more than enough time to make necessary corrections without making unwanted changes.

People often wonder what oil paints are made of. Oil paints are suspensions of pigments that stick together through a binder, such as linseed oil. Depending on the manufacturer, other substances like stabilizers or dryers may also be added in the mix.

When it comes to support, linen, boards, heavy papers and canvas all make good options. The support should of course be able to carry its own weight, including the weight of the paint. The support also needs to be prepared correctly for the paint to adhere. The oil paint should be separated from its support through a tooth and absorbency combination that depends on the individual artist.

There are different methods used by oil painters through the years, and the following are the most popular:

Direct Painting

In direct painting, the paint is applied in a single layer. This could be done in one sitting, requiring no waiting time for another layer to be applied.

Indirect Painting

This technique is more complex and traditional, with the painter adding many layers of paint and manipulating transparencies to achieve the desired outcome. Indirect painting can create tones and colors in high levels of luminosity.

Fat Over Lean

This one is a very old and basic painting rule – fat paint refers to paint with more oil, while lean paint contains less paint. Artists usually add fatter layers by using more medium. Paint with more oil is more flexible.

Impasto Painting

The impasto technique adds physical dimensionality to a painting by using thicker paints. This should be done with caution however, as thick layers of paint tend to crack while they dry. Expert painters integrate smaller areas of this technique for better results.

Protecting Your Oil Painting

Just by applying a coat of protective varnish on a finished oil painting, you will be able to extend its life. However, a painting may have to be dried for six to twelve months before it can be safe to apply this protective layer. Of course, at the end of the day, a painting’s longevity still rests on the expertise of the artist, as well as on the quality of the materials he used. A good artist isn’t only concerned about doing art, but also about immortalizing his works.

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