Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Procedure of Oil Painting

The procedures of oil painting vary from artist to artist, but often include certain steps. First, the artiste prepares the surface. Even though surfaces like pressed wood, linoleum, wooden panel as well as cardboard have been used, the most admired surface since the 16th century is the canvas, although lots of artists used pane through the 17th century and further than. Before that it was pane, which is more costly, heavier, less easy to transfer, and prone to distort or split in poor circumstances.

The artist might draft an outline of their subject prior to applying color to the surface. “Pigment” may be any number of normal substances with color, such as sulphur for golden or cobalt for navy. The pigment is mixed with oil, typically linseed oil but additional oils may be used as well. The various oils dried up differently creating mixed effects.

Traditionally, an artiste mixed his or her own paints for every project. Mixing and Handling the raw pigments and mediums was excessive to transport. This altered in the late 1800’s, when oil paint in tube became broadly available. Artists could mix colors rapidly and simply without having to crush their own pigments. Also, the portability of pipe paints allowable for plein air, or outdoor work of art.