Saturday, November 28, 2009

Creating nature in Oil paintings

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are clear with a medium of drying oil — particularly in early modern Europe, linseed oil. Often oil such as linseed was boiled with a resin such as pine resin or still frankincense; these were called 'varnishes' and were award-winning for their body and gloss. Other oils occasionally used include poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. These oils confer various properties to the oil paint, such as less yellowing or different aeration times. Certain differences are also visible in the sheen of the paints depending on the oil. Painters often use different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects beloved. The paints themselves as well develop a particular feel depending on the medium.

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