Paintings are arguably among the most beautiful creations of man. They have a special power to tug on the soul of the observer. Oil paintings are a particularly beautiful art form, and their ages old elements continue to mark their stand through generations. Why oil painting? The great painters and the artists of the past chose to work on oil paintings because it rendered a very realistic output. The paintings differed from those produced by water colors, because the oil paintings looked especially rich and attractive. Oil paintings originated during the middle ages, when the necessity for waterproof paintings was all important. Great artists opted for oil paintings because of their durability and long lasting resistance. Thanks to use of oil by great artists of the past, people today are able to enjoy a huge collection of timeless oil pieces. The hard work that goes into oil paintings Behind the beauty of oil paintings is the hard labor of the artist. A classical work may take several weeks to months to be completed. Color pigments and binders are the constituents of the oil paints. Linseed oils, poppy seed oils, safflower oils and walnut oils are some types of oils that are mixed with the pigments. Oil painting is said to consume a lot of time and energy because oil does not dry easily, and if the artists wants to paint in layers, he must wait for the paints to dry at each level. This process can quickly devour days or weeks. One advantage to this process is that the artist is able to make changes during the dry period of the painting, which is impossible in water paintings. Oil paintings do not dry through evaporation, they have to be oxidized. Once that is accomplished, usually after six or eight months, the paints are varnished. Some art conservators consider an oil painting to be dry only after it's 60-80 years old. Oil paintings reached their pinnacle during the renaissance, where artists began to select wooden panels as their base medium. They would stretch their canvas over the wooden panel before setting to work. Artists used a variety of brushes to produce different kinds of unique effects, and knives and blades were also used. Some artists chose not to use any tools at all, and painted with their fingers. Oil paintings today Oil painting is an astonishing art form and even today there are many artists who work fabulously on oil paints. But now there are more sophisticated tools used to produce oil paintings, such as water miscible oil paints. These paints can be thinned and cleaned up with water rather than using turpentine. Turpentine was commonly used as a cleaner in oil paintings, but water miscible oil paints reduce the deep and dangerous odor of toxic chemicals. Oil painting have been, and may always be, one of the most strickingly beutiful forms of art created.
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