The history of oil painting dates back to the Buddhist era. The first oil paintings are said to be discovered in Western Afghanistan in the 5th Century. Oil painting is a medium that uses drying agents as a binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The oil chosen has a variety of effects on the paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time.
The major differentiating factor between oil paints and acrylics is the drying time for both. While acrylics may dry up within an hour, oil paints can remain wet for days at an end. Conversely, oil paints impart richer pigments, leading to increased gloss and a durable finish. Oil paints do not grow darker with drying (as do acrylics) and can be washed off only with agents like turpentine oil. Traditionally, oil paints have secured a royal standing as compared to other mediums. Kings commissioned oil paintings for their courts and it has retained the aura of royalty.
Here’s how you should choose your first oil painting for your home:
Understand your walls
It is very important to find your wall accents before going for that coveted oil painting. If you have dark walls, go for paintings with lighter hues and do the opposite for light walls. You may similarly play around with the arrangement of paintings to disguise the width and height of walls. Placing paintings vertically gives the sense of increased height and paintings arranged at the same level give the perception of wide walls. The arrangement depends on how you place paintings with the anchor item, be it a chair or a settee. According to how you place paintings, you may achieve symmetrical or asymmetrical balance in your room, both of which are pleasing to the eye in their own right.
Examine your space
Do you have a large living room or a small one? Do you wish to hang the painting over the fireplace or the couch? How wide or narrow are your walls? These are some considerations you must keep in mind before choosing your first oil.
Colors, Colors, Colors
Your painting should reflect the person you are. If you are tempted to go with trends, they may satisfy for the time being, but feel out of place as days go by. Pick out the dominant colors from the room – your walls, the rug, and so on and choose oils that have complementary color schemes to form a pleasing color palette. If you’ve already got living room furniture that you love or a rug that you know will be placed in the room permanently, these can be used as starting points for choosing art that compliments them. Pick out the dominant colors in these things, and look for art that also incorporates them. You will also want to make sure that the painting uses a style that compliments your style and the style of your home.
Frame it right
There are many framing options today that can alter the look of your painting or you can go sans frame for the minimalist sophisticated look. It is known that heavy colors such as reds, blues, and greens are most often lightly framed as lighter tones like pinks and yellows are heavily framed to distribute the visual weight effectively. While metal frames give the perception of lightness, small oils may assume added importance when framed with thick wooden panels. There is no hard and fast rule in framing. Traditional frames may make quite a statement in modern surroundings and so is true for the opposite.
Collecting paintings is a fun thing to do. So don’t hold back and go on to experiment with sizes and colors. Try out your hands with oils with the step-by-step beginner’s guide to oil paints and you may come up with a winner. Oil paints are and will remain a notch above other available mediums for the sheer gloss and durability, an unparalleled choice for gallery exhibits.