• 06 JUL a 15 JUL
    Oil Paints: Reality behind the Reputation of a Hard-To-Work-With-Paint


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    06 JUL a 15 JUL 2017

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    One cannot deny the fact that oil paint is the most prestigious medium appreciated by artists and art lovers from the time when art was conceptualized. However, its discovery is still a controversial subject for many of us. Many people believe that caves in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley were the main source of discoveries about oil paints as these caves showcase a beautiful assortment of Buddhist murals that were done in oils during the 7th century BC. But, there are also a number of people who have faith in the argument that says that a Flemish painter, Jan van Eyck, has invented this material in 15th century. After delving into this matter, people found that his argument was baseless; in fact instead of inventing a new material Jan van Eyck just developed an old material which at that time was far from the glare of publicity. Not just this wrangle, there are many other interesting particulars that attract artists and push them to create beautiful spellbinding oil paintings.

    Let’s have a look at some of them that contribute to the creation of beautiful, mesmerizing oil paintings:

    • John Goffe Rand, an American portrait painter, invented oil paint tubes for the first time. This first foldable and inflatable oil paint tube was patented by the artist in 1841, superseding the use of pig bladders and glass syringes as the primary tool to store and transport oil paints.

    • Artists who love oil painting always prefer to use homemade oil paints. Yes, and this is not only because they are more economical, but also because there are a lot of substances that can be used as a binder and a thinner — the main ingredients for oil paints. However, turpentine is usually used as a thinner, whereas linseed oil, walnut oil and poppy seed oil can be used as binders. Each of these helps the painter achieve different effects.

    • The type of binder used in the preparation of oil paint directly affects the drying property of oil paints, for example, linseed oil, also known as drying oil. It is generally accepted that the oil paintings done in linseed oils will dry after about two weeks, though it can take six months to a year to actually dry enough to be varnished because.

    • This brings another interesting fact that oil paints are not only used for painting but are also applied on wooden surfaces to bring great finish and surface protection.

    • Oil paints have idiosyncratic characteristics that make them artist’s first choice. One of them is its slow drying property which allows artists to create something realistic and to correct mistakes they might have made.

    Oil painting can be petrifying for beginners, but it is equally gratifying if done in a right way. Let’s understand how one can paint like a pro with oil paints.

    • Novice art lovers who want to begin with oil paints should initially go for a small work. Trying out on a small piece of paper or canvas would help them understand and explore the most provocative characteristics of oil paints and this can be easy on the pocket for beginners.

    • Use of a few professional grade paints and brushes can definitely work for experienced artists as these paints have a greater ratio of pigment to binder. But for beginners, it is advisable to use oil paints that are cost-effective. After getting a clear idea about oil paints, they can work with professional grade paints like a maven. In case of brushes, one can use normal synthetic brushes or bristle (hog) brushes.

    • Apply a primer called “Gesso” on the surface of your oil painting canvas to give it a glossy finish. It also reduces the acidic nature of paints and provides a surface that the paint will stick to more easily instead of seeping into it.

    • Use the colors that the theme of your oil paintings demand. Use of excessive colors can sometimes dominate the subject of the painting.

    • Apply a layer of torpedoed to add subsequent multiple layers to paint on it without waiting for the previous layer to dry.

    • Varnish the painting after it dries completely for enduring its life.

    Follow these tips to surprise yourself with beautiful oil paintings!

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