Converting Your Pictures Into Oil Paintings
Oil paint is considered to be one of the great classic media. It has been used for centuries and, with its steadfast color and durability, has stood the test of time.
Oils are particularly well-loved by artists for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is versatility. They can fully opaque or have some level of transparency, depending on the amount of solvent 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 basically pigments suspended in a binder, such as linseed oil. Depending on the manufacturer, other substances like stabilizers or dryers may also be added in the mix.
In terms of support, heavy papers, linen, canvas, boards and linen are all appropriate choices. Obviously, the support must have the capacity to carry its own weight, plus the weight of the paint. Also, the support should be well-prepped to allow 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 involves a single layer application of paint. The can be accomplished in one sitting and does not need waiting time before the addition of the next layer.
This approach is more intricate and traditional, the artist applying several layers of paint and adjusting transparencies to create the desired effect. Indirect painting can produce tones and colors with high luminosity.
Fat Over Lean
This is a basic rule of painting: fat paint has more oil in it, while lean paint has less oil in it. Artists usually add fatter layers by using more medium. More oil in paint means more flexibility.
The impasto technique adds physical dimensionality to a painting by using thicker paints. This must be performed with caution though since thick layers of paint can crack while drying. Expert painters integrate smaller areas of this technique for better results.
Protecting a Finished Oil Painting
Just by applying a coat of protective varnish on a finished oil painting, you will be able to extend its life. However, it may take a minimum of 6 months to dry a paint thoroughly before this finishing layer can be safely added. Of course, at the end of the day, it is still the artist’s expertise and the quality of materials used, that dictate the longevity of a painting. A good artist will not just think of art, but also of how he can immortalize his art.