Oil Portrait Artist

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Oil Portrait Paintings: Nothing Can Match the Varnish and Appearance of These Paintings

What is Oil Paint?

Oil Paint is basically a mixture of pigment, binder and thinner where pigment act as a colour element,

binder is used as a carrier that supports the application of paint on the canvas. And, thinner is added to

the mixture of pigment-oil in order to make it easier to apply with a brush. Oil portrait artist makes use

of additives for better dying and also to improve the appearance of the painting.

How paintings are created using oil?

Traditionally, the oil paint is carefully transferred to the painting surface using paint brushes, palette

knives or rags. Since oil paint remains wet for the long time, it provides more time for the oil portrait

artist to transform the texture, colour and appearance as per the desire. The paints are dried using

oxidation process since evaporation method would be quite lengthy. The entire dryness process takes at

least two weeks. An oil painting takes six months to one year to exhibits its genuine gloss and


What Types of Oils are used in Oil Paint?

The most common and famous oil used to create innovative oil painting is linseed oil. This oil is

completely different from several types of vegetable oil including olive or canola oil. This oil dries faster

and can be reworked easily. Painters also use safflower, poppy seed and walnut oil as per the

requirements of the painting.


The oil painting was firstly brought into application in fifth and tenth centuries by Chinese and Indian

painters in western Afghanistan. It was not popular then, and couldn’t gain the recognition till 15th

century. In middle age, this painting became more popular in western region. Later, introduction of

renaissance oil painting techniques replaced the tempera paints in the major parts of Europe.

Ancient and Modern Approach to Paint:

Previously, almost all oil paintings where done on canvas. In the recent time, oil portrait artist make use

of cotton as it is cheaper and better to work with. There were some restrictions in the painting process

done on the canvas. Direct application of oil paint was prohibited since the acid available in the paint

could ruin the canvas. So, the painters used to apply animal glue on the canvas before the application of

oil paint. And, adding several layers of acrylic to the canvas was also important from the protection


Once the canvas is ready for painting, the painter will sketch an appropriate outline before start to

paint. These precautions and activities make oil painting distinctive. After the successful completion of

the portrait painting, it normally needs to be left for up to a year to dry.