Exploring Art… Oil Painting

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil, usually linseed. Paint can be transferred to the surface (canvas, paper, wood panel, etc.) by using paint brushes, palette knives and rags. Since oil paint dries by oxidation, not evaporation, it remains wet longer than many other types of artists’ materials. This enables artist to change the color, texture or form of the figure. At times, t even remove an entire layer of paint and begin anew. Oil paintings without a drying medium are usually dry to the touch within a span of two weeks. Art conservators do not consider an oil painting completely dry until it is 60 to 80 years old.

Because it takes so long for oil paintings to dry, they should never be framed under glass. Many framers will tell you it is okay to use glass, they are incorrect. Oil paintings, especially if they are varnished, do not need the protection of glass. As with all art, it is best to not hang them in direct sunlight.

Below are some wonderful original oil paintings. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.


5 Responses to “Exploring Art… Oil Painting”

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  2. Elena Lunetskaya Says:

    Many thanks, Kelly!

  3. !! Thanks for featuring my Hydrangeas painting, Kelly!! Extra exposure for my work is always appreciated!!

  4. Kelly, many thanks for including my painting!!!

  5. Love the “little ones” painting, so pretty.

    As a past feature on your blog, I know how much the artists appreciate the work you put into each post!

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