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Interesting Facts About Oil Paintings

Author : Wallart Forless

Oil Paintings seem to be the most beautiful creation by man – they have the possibility to place a hold on the viewer. Oil paintings are fantastic art forms whose antique elements are continuing to leave their mark through the years.

Why oil paintings?
The great artisans and the past artists want to work with oil paintings for they rendered a truly realistic output. These paintings differed from the ones produced with water colors, for oil paintings look very attractive and rich.

Oil paintings came into existence in the Middle Ages as the requirements of waterproof painting were at their peak. Fantastic artists decided on oil paintings, because of the durability and lasting resistance to the environment.

The hard work is imbued by all oil paintings!
The beauty in oil paintings is a result of hard labor done by an artist. Classical works may take up to several weeks or months to be finished. Color binders and pigments are the ingredients of most oil paints. Poppy seed oils, linseed oils, walnut oils and safflower oils used to be added to the pigments. Brushes that used to paint were made of different fibers.
Oil paintings are said to require a lot of dedication, because they do not dry up as easily, and should the artists want to draw in layers, they had to wait for the paint to dry at every level - that may take a week or so. The oils used would dry, each at its own speed.
The artist is able to make alterations during the drying period of the paintings, which is not possible with water painting. Oil paintings do not dry by means of evaporation, they must be oxidized. Then the paints get varnished in a year or six months. Some art conservators think oil paintings to be ready only after they are 60 or 80 years old.

The Oil paintings reached their pinnacle at the renaissance, when artists began selecting wooden panels for the base medium. These would stretch the canvas over a wooden panel. Artisans used a number of brushes to make different types of unique effects; blades and knives were used too. Some artisans are painted with fingers as well.

Oil paintings today
An oil painting is an astounding art form, because even now there are a lot of artists that work fabulously with oil paints. However, today there are highly sophisticated tools for producing oil paintings like water miscible oil painting. These paints could be cleaned up or thinned with water, compared to using turpentine. Before, turpentine was utilized as a cleaner of oil paint. The water miscible oil paint reduces the deep smell of toxic chemicals..

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