Oil Painting

Oil Painting

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso 

Painting in oil colors is a medium that consists of pigments suspended in drying oils. Oil painting provides a unique fusion of tones and colors. It makes it an outstanding facility to point different mediums in painting. It gives natural variation.

The color consistency used for such paintings is really important. The standard color consistency is a smooth, buttery paste, not string or long or tacky. To give it a more flowing quality, pure turpentine can be mixed with it.

Most of the oil paintings were made before 19th century. They were built up in layers. During 16th century, oil colors emerged as a basic painting material in Venice. Various famous painters who used oil paints as a medium are as follows.

  • Diego Velazquez
  • Peter Paub Rubens
  • Rembrandt van Rijm


Not all the requirements of modern era could be fulfilled with traditional techniques. However, certain painters have expressed a need for different plastic flow or viscosity that cannot be met with oil paint.

Sometimes they use coarsely grained materials with colors so as to create new textures, heavier thickness, versatility and rapid drying, one of them being acrylic paints.

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