Why Are Oil Paints Preferred When It Comes to Painting?

Why Are Oil Paints Preferred When It Comes to Painting?

When I started painting, I started using oil paints. I have tried some other kinds of paints, but find I prefer to use oil paints.

Many artists prefer oil paints as they are a classic art medium to use. Oil paints also offer rich, lush colors; oil paints are versatile paints to use and have a slow drying time. Oil also paints very durable and stable paints while also giving you a great color blending quality. Use can use a variety of brushes or even a palette knife with your oil paints.

Oil Paints Are A Classic Art Medium

Oil paints are a classic art medium. They have been used for hundreds of years and have stood the test of time for durability and steadfast colors.

Even though oil paints are a classic art medium, they are still comparatively expensive compared to acrylic or water paints. This may be a downside for someone looking to paint as a hobby; they may want some inexpensive paints that will also dry quickly. If that is what you are looking for, then oil paints may not be your best choice.

Oil Paints Have Lush, Luminous, and Rich Colors

Oil paints give lush, luminous, and rich colors. There is really no comparison to the quality of the beauty of oil paints. This is one of the main reasons why many artists prefer oil paints.

The artists can get the colors and the look they need with oil paints; they may not be able to get this same look and feel with other paints.

Oil Paints are versatile

Many artists love oil paints because they offer great versatility. Oils can be very opaque, or they can be thinned with a solvent. This allows the artist to control the various degrees of transparency with their oil paints.

Oils Paints Have a Slow Drying Time

Oil paints have a slow drying time. During the slow drying time, the colors do not change. This also allows the artist to be able to rework or correct the painting. If the artist makes a mistake, they can scrape off areas of the paint. Some artists may find the slow trying time to be bothersome, but many prefer it because they feel like it gives them a better overall painting.

In some paintings, it is really advantageous to work with slow-drying paint. For example, if you’re doing portraits and you need to be revisiting or retweeting the portrait constantly, oil paints may be the best paint for you to use. Oil paints would allow you to go back and revise the paintings as much as you need to before the painting completely dries.

I prefer oil paints because I tend to paint in stages. I will paint something and then look at it for a while and decide how to change it. Oil paints allow me to do this easily.

On the other hand, if you were doing some painting where you don’t want the colors to be blended, oil paints may not be the best choice. This is why sometimes it can be difficult to create sharp edges in oil paint and why many beginner’s oil paint colors can turn muddy when they are painting.

Oil Paints Are Durable.

Oil paints a very durable paint; they have withstood the test of time. Paintings that are hundreds of years old have used oil paints are still in prime condition. This is because oil paints are extremely durable paint.

The durability of oil paints does come with a price. Oil paints are more expensive and also more toxic than other types of paint. Oil paints may not be the best choice for you if you have small children, pets, or other health concerns.

Oil Paints Have a Great Blending Quality

Oil paints have a great blending quality. You can easily blend oil paints either on the pallet or the canvas. This is why many artists prefer oil paints because they’re able to blend quality colors they never could with other paints. In fact, there are many brush strokes and color blends that are very difficult to achieve with other paint mediums.

Oil Paints are Stable

Oil paints are very stable paints; they are usually made of color pigments with a binder and oil. Depending upon your oil paints’ manufacturer, the oil paints may also have added in paint stabilizers or dryers.

One of the downsides of oil paints is that the color shift of oil paints is not immediate. As the paint sinks into the canvas, a color shift can occur. Some areas of the canvas may appear more glossy than others. This is due to how the paint is absorbed, and it may mean you need to rework some areas of the painting.

Also, over time, oil paints can yellow. This is because the oil itself has a yellow tone to it. Oil paints will change over time due to the natural oxidization process. The rate of oxidization can depend on the quality of your oil paints.

Can Use a Variety of Brushes

Oil paints allow you to use a variety of brushes. You can use a natural or synthetic brush. This allows the artist to experiment with different kinds of brushes and find a brush that suits their needs.

Traditionally oil paint brushes are longer than other brushes so that the artist works away from the canvas. And traditionally, the brushes were hard and stiff. But as oil paints are versatile, you can use whatever brush you choose to use or even use a pallet knife.

For oil paints, you need to clean your brushes with turpentine or mineral spirits; both turpentine and mineral spirits can be toxic cleaners.

Conclusion

Even though there are some pros and cons when working with oil paints, we find that there are more reasons to use oil paints for painting than there are reasons not to. No matter what paint medium you choose, you will need to practice painting with that paint.

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Anita Louise Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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