What Makes Oil Paint Popular?
Oil painting is a relatively simple process of painting using pigments on a drying medium of thinned oil. Commonly used dry oils include olive oil, poppy seed oil, walnut or safflower oil, and linseed oil. The choice of solvent adds a range of special properties to the dry oil paint, including the drying time or the degree of color fading. Dry oils will fade slower than water-based paints and the effect can be subtle or dramatic. Some painters like this because it means that they do not have to continuously use their oil-based paints. It also provides a chance for experimentation as to what effects are desirable.
Oil paints are different from water-based paints in that they can be applied onto a piece of paper or canvas. As a result, they have more flexibility and are more versatile than many other kinds of oil paints. These advantages mean that artists can vary the colors, the effects of the colors, and the intensity of light very much more easily than they can with most other kinds of oil paints. These differences also make them particularly popular for beginners. They provide a way for the amateur artist to be able to experiment and see their work change in response to various aspects of their painting style. It also means that more complex techniques can be applied, as opposed to a painting being made up of one painting. This is often the case when the end result is a painting rather than a collage of pictures.
Oil paints are also quite cheap, unlike water-based paints. This is important if you are new to oil painting, as it allows you to make as many changes and experiments as possible. This is great for you as it allows you to try out different techniques to see what works best, without having to shell out large amounts of money for expensive oil paints. You can even work at a more basic level before you advance to more complicated techniques. As a beginner you will likely want to start off using less pigment and more oil than you would water-based paints.