Monday, July 27th, 2009 | Author:

The paintings of Rembrandt, Monte and Van Gogh have their masterpieces in oil paintings. Oil paintings are niche art and the true art work is clearly brought out in the paintings. Understanding the technique and form is very much essential. The sketch is done on the canvas with charcoal or directly with paint in a fine form. The blending is again the painter’s creation and the colors in oil painting stand out well.


There has been a lot of innovation and changes in the medium of painting that has actually facilitated drying and transportation. Earlier the medium was to be mixed with linseed oil to form a sort of varnish. With the advent of tubes in oil painting, the rich texture is well maintained. There are various ways to do the oil painting and the artist chooses a comfortable pattern.


Paintbrushes are the main trick to develop the texture and richness via strokes. Sable, mongoose hair or hogs hair is usually used for the brushes. Deft strokes are lined with the help of the brushes that gives bold strokes or fine painting. The synthetic fibers also aid in giving a different feel to the application of color. The initial layer is used with a thin paint and is a way to temper the canvas. Once the canvas is used to the layers the oncoming layers can be done in varied hues and thickness.


Sealing the paint is done with glaze formation so that there is certain perfection in drying of the paint. The earlier artists would have been comfortable in painting over the wet works and their creativity or sense of imagination aids them to work well in any medium. Portraits or market place oil paintings were very common in the yesteryears. Today’s contemporary artists love to paint the ideas of modern abstract forms or the topic of rebirth through oil painting.



The perfection of works through oil painting can be seen in the concept of marriage painted by Jan Van Eyck. Each inanimate object here shows the evidence of life and there is more accentuation on the expression between the man and woman. The latest artists also go for superior quality oil paints and do not actually intend to varnish or seal the paintings.

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