If you’ve never learned how to play music, sitting with a group of musicians using technical terms to describe their work can be a whirlwind of confusing, beautiful language. A similar situation can occur when speaking with artists who paint with oils: suddenly you’re in a conversation where they’re debating the finer points of pigments, discussing the benefits of canvas versus linen, brush recommendations, and a technique called “wet-on-wet.”
The abundance of language that goes along with oil painting may feel overwhelming at first, but if you take the time to familiarize yourself with its terms and best practices, you’ll be on your way to using with the centuries-old medium with ease.
Why would you use oil paints over some of the other alternatives like acrylics or watercolors? Here are some reasons:
- They are versatile. You can vary the drying time and consistency of your paint dramatically using paint thinners and additional oil. This allows you to work with a wide range of painting techiques, including blending, glazing, etc.
- They were favored by the all-time greats of painting. It is hard to argue the downside of using oil paints when so many amazing artists used them to such success.
- Oil paintings seem to be held in higher regard by art collectors compared to acrylic paintings.
You really cannot go wrong with oil paints.
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent van Gogh