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4 Reasons Why Oil Paintings are in a League of their Own

Oil paintings have been around since the 15th century – and for good reason! They have a unique quality that sets them apart from other kinds of paintings. They have been especially popular in the Western art scene for ages. Oil paintings were used to depict the complexities and the stories that took place in several eras. They were used to bring time to a standstill and tell detailed anecdotes with the strokes of the paintbrush. Keep reading to find out what puts oil paintings in a league of their own. 1.     Longevity and Classic Appearance With appropriate maintenance, oil paintings have a long life. While oil paints are naturally prone to cracking, they have longevity, unlike any other media....

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The Best Surface Materials for Creating Oil Paintings

Oil paints are a classic medium for realistic paintings that audiences have always appreciated with good taste. The glossy appearance, the textured look, and the vivid colors all make oil paintings so special. The idea of using oil paints often daunts oil painting beginners. It is, indeed, a difficult medium and requires careful manoeuvring and brush stroke techniques. With its long drying time, you can work on and edit the piece for days. The final look of the painting depends on the medium as much as it the surface you use. If you’re starting, here are all the options you can use. Canvas Canvas is the most popular surface that most artists use. A canvas has a wooden frame with...

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The History of Oil Painting

Before the 17th century, oil painting had become the preferred painting method by artists in Europe. The interesting fact is that while one can thin oil paint by utilizing turpentine, its rich colors still appealed to the wealthy European elite who wanted to be painted with their riches and status symbols. Let's talk about the history of oil painting. The Development of Oil Paint Before oil painting became the favorite art form in Europe, people would use egg tempera. However, oil paints brought greater pigment versatility. Additionally, since the oil paint could be changed and blended on the painting's exterior, it allowed for a wide range of colors and tones. Its transparent nature undoubtedly makes artists' lives much easier. Since...

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3 Reasons Why Art Makes the Best Gift

Giving gifts is a beautiful way to express affection, gratitude, and appreciation for someone and their presence in your life. There's a reason gift-giving is a whole love language. However, many people are stumped when it comes to getting gifts for their loved ones and those that are significant figures in their lives. Artists these days are making some of the most creative and out-of-the-box items and designs, so there are many reasons that art would make the perfect gift for someone. Let's talk about the importance of art as a gift. Reason #1 An Artistic Gift Shows Thoughtfulness Yes, you could choose a random stick of gum or an old keychain at a gas station or gift shop, and...

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4 Photography Hacks to Level Up Your Game

Photography is such an interesting and stimulating field because there's always a more creative thing or technique to know! If you've recently entered the photography scene, you're in for an exciting time because there are many tactics you've yet to learn to craft more visually compelling images. Let's list down some photography hacks. Hack #1. Use Color Psychology To Your Advantage It'll help you to learn a little about how human beings perceive color. Each color will be linked to a perception in the viewer's eyes and so, when you're deciding colors for your shoot and post-production editing, keep said perceptions in mind. You can create beautiful images that have colors that clash precisely. You can do this by choosing...

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