Artists have been painting with oil paints for several years and oil paints continue to be trendy across the world because of their quality, versatility, and color. While getting started with oil painting is quite easy, there is a little bit more to it than acrylics as one need to work with toxic solvents and mediums and the drying time is much longer. The value of the oil paintings is established by its age and maturity. The foundation of an oil painting can be considered by assessment of the chemicals used in the artwork.
Vijaya Prakash Boggala from Greensboro, MD is a famous oil painter. He is a medical abstract writer but when not working he prefers to do something creative and that is why painting is his favorite hobby. He says that oil painting has been around for quite a few years. But during the early years, most of the artists preferred using other types of paints instead of using oil paints. This is because oil paint takes a lot of time to dry. Afterwards, many artists came up with the idea of mixing oil paint with the tempera and after this oil paint became more popular.
Here are some general tips provided by Vijaya Boggala which may be useful for those who are just starting out with oil paints:
- Start with small paintings as this gives the chance to try out techniques and experiment with color without investing extra time or material into the procedure. You can buy small canvas boards, or even paint on paper using oil.
- Keep the palettes and supplies at a well-ventilated area. This will make the process of painting easier and you will be liable to paint more often, even every day if possible. Your work will improve fast if you paint a lot.
- You can use oil paint on many different surfaces such as wood, canvas, paper but whatever you select, it is vital to apply a type of primer to the painting surface to stop the oil from oozing into the surface, safeguard the surface from the acids in the paint.
- Oil paints are toxic if absorbed or ingested into the skin. Therefore, it is vital to put them away and out of reach of small children and pets. Remember to dispose of mediums, paints, paper towels, rags, and paper plates or disposable paper palettes properly.
- Invest on professional grade paints instead of student grade. Professional grade has a greater ratio of pigment to binder. You can use synthetic brushes made for acrylic paints for oil, but there is also other types of brushes that can be used with oil.
Vijaya Boggala says that both oil and acrylic paintings have their advantages and necessities. For starters, acrylic is a more suitable choice as they can get started with plain paint and water and can be painted on any surface. Oil painting is more appropriate for advanced painters as they can be used for making complicated paintings which may last for several sessions.