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Oil Paintings

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil — especially in early modern Europe, linseed oil. Often an oil such as linseed was boiled with a resin such as pine resin or even frankincense; these were called 'varnishes' and were prized for their body and gloss. Other oils occasionally used include poppyseed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. These oils confer various properties to the oil paint, such as less yellowing or different drying times. Certain differences are also visible in the sheen of the paints depending on the oil. Painters often use different oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and effects desired. The paints themselves also develop a particular consistency depending on the medium.

Although oil paint was first used for the Buddhist Paintings by Indian and Chinese painters in western Afghanistan sometime between the fifth and ninth centuries, it did not gain popularity until the 15th century. Its practice may have migrated westward during the Middle Ages. Oil paint eventually became the principal medium used for creating artworks as its advantages became widely known. The transition began with Early Netherlandish painting in northern Europe, and by the height of the Renaissance oil painting techniques had almost completely replaced tempera paints in the majority of Europe.

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  • After Hours ( by Lisa Clark )
  • After Hours ( by Lisa Clark )

  • Oil on canvas 20 cm x 20 cm The painting depict the light and atmosphere of the city and the evidence of life in the pl…
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  • As we begin... ( By Pilar Pascual )
  • As we begin... ( By Pilar Pascual )

  • Oil on Canvas One of Pilar's brilliant example out of her series Evolution / In Principio. Cleverly subtitled with …
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  • Balance by Petra Chander
  • Balance by Petra Chander

  • Oil on canvas  two separate paintings each 30 x 90 cm This two piece ensemble offers endless possibilties of arran…
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