Friday, 20 July 2007

Get started with Oil Painting Today By: Vijay

A Quick Introduction to Oil Painting Models You will need:
Brushes
Turpentine
Palette
Oil Medium
Paints

Brushes - Good quality sable brushes. Don't withhold on the quality here. Brushes would last longer with Oil paints than any other medium if you take good care of it.

Modern synthetic brushes could be even more excellent in quality, so don’t restrict your self in choosing only those brushes that are made from natural hairs such as sable. Look for painting brushes where the hairs swiftly spring back up when you bend them. Be careful about cleaning your painting brushes as if acrylic paint dries in a brush, it could be extremely difficult to clean it up.

Turpentine - Turpentine is used for lessening and cleaning brushes.

Palette A palette is a surface on which a painter mixes it colour pigments. A palette might be made of wood, glass, plastic, ceramic tile or even inert material and could vary highly in size and shape. The most usually known type of painter's palette is made of thin wood board designed to be held in the artist's hand and rest on the artist's arm.

Oil Medium - These would speed up the process of drying the paints and also give slight gloss sheen. Turpentine could be used with some of the same effect.

Paints - It is suggested to use "Artist's" oils. These are the top quality available in any variety with better pigmentation and permanence. Tubes come in different sizes but oils have good covering skill and would even last a long time.

Opacity - Sometimes marked on the tube, opacity shows how transparent the oil is. Red/Yellows are commonly the least opaque.

Permanence - Usually marked on a scale of 1 to 4 (often marked in stars), 4 being most enduring, and (longest lasting).

Hue - Could be exactly described as the Shade of the colour. Can sometimes relate to Opacity

Oil Painting: Making it Simple

Oil painting is simple, far simpler than drawing or even watercolor painting. If you could see something, you could paint it in oils. To create something memorable, however, you need to:

1. Formulate what you hope to attain, and plan a workable way to that objective.
2. Research the market if you desire to sell the work.
3. Approach the painting process in rational steps, which generally entail:

* Drawings to examine compositional possibilities.
* Blockedout charcoal/pencil/oil sketches to place tonal value
* Oil sketches to trial with various color schemes and harmonies.
* Preparing canvas and paint for the probable tasks.
* Varnishing, framing and hanging the work.



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