Oil Painting by Universalartist Herbert Lippert
Oil painting is one of the oldest and most famous techniques of painting. It was already used in the 15th century by artists such as Jan van Eyck and Albrecht Dürer and has lost none of its popularity to this day.
Unlike other techniques that use water as a thinner, oil painting uses turpentine or linseed oil to dilute and process the colors. This has the advantage that the colors dry more slowly and the artist has more time to mix the colors and create the composition.
Another advantage of oil painting is the possibility of superimposing layers of paint to create depth in the picture. Blurring colors is also easier in oil painting than in other techniques. Oil painting is a very versatile technique that can be used in different styles and genres, from realistic landscape painting to abstract art.
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Oil painting technique
As diverse as the styles of oil painting is also its technique. Hardly any other painting can be used and designed so versatile, opens the artist such a wide range of possibilities.
Alla prima, also called "wet on wet", is a direct painting technique in which the paint is applied directly to the canvas. This technique requires a fast and direct approach, as the colors dry quickly on the canvas.
In layer painting, the paint is applied to the canvas in several layers to achieve a deep and rich effect. However, each layer must dry completely before a new layer can be applied, which is very time-consuming.
In the glazing technique, a thin layer of transparent paint is applied to a dry layer of paint. This creates a vibrant, luminous color effect. The glazing technique can also be combined with other techniques, such as the layering technique.
The impasto technique involves applying thick layers of paint to the canvas, sometimes directly from the tube, hence "impasto", creating a relief-like surface. This technique is great for adding depth and texture to the painting and supports a very emotional style of painting.
In the dry brush technique, the paint is applied to the canvas with a dry brush. This creates a subtle but controlled effect and works well for details and textures.