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.
- Farm Field with Road by Steven Goodman
- Yellow Mountain by Elena Lunetskaya
- White Pitcher by Irina Kovnacka
- Portrait of a Basset Hound by John’s Paintings
- Hydrangeas by Diane Hoeptner
- Sweet Summer Memories by Debbie Gonville Miller
- Little Ones by Flying Cat Studio
- Abstract 2 by Tracey Kafka
- A Winter Day by Shirley Levie
- The Gatekeepers by Steven Parker