“The oil painting” is a painting technique that uses a mixture of pigments and drying oil (the binder binder or vehicle), to obtain a paste more or less thick and greasy. This paste is applied with brushes on a base primed canvas mounted on a frame, or mounted on a rigid panel. Other materials are also used such as cardboard or wood. Several types of diluent and painting mediums are used to facilitate its application, or changing its texture.D a technique based primarily on the superimposition of glazes, as practiced by the Flemish and Florentine.
The oil painting is regarded in the West as the technique “queen”. From the Renaissance to the twentieth century, it was the first technique learned and used by artists.The oil is usually linseed oil or flaxseed oil or safflower oil or nuts.The oil painting technique is slow to dry (they say siccativer), as opposed to acrylic paints or watercolors, which are aqueous techniques. This feature allows the artist to take the time to mix colors, to recover an error and rework his motive for several days until the fade, the modeling of form, the button he wants.This is called “drying” is actually a phenomenon siccativation or oil oxidation, which polymerizes and hardens, without changing the appearance of the work, and somehow traps the pigment and allows the conservation of the painting.
The invention of oil painting is attributed to the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck (1390-1441), but the process of mixing pigments in oil was already known to Theophilus in the thirteenth century. It seems that this technique is much older: in 2008, we find the oldest oil paintings known to date in the caves of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. They are dated from the seventh century.
I invite you to be discovered a few examples of my work: oil on canvas painting. This excerpt from an article on my painting technique, written by me in 1999, specifically at the request of editor of the Journal “Artistes” Review thechnique Arts (see “Step by Step”) – Article “Draw me a tulip.” June / July 1999. Paris. France.
Here are two examples of my work on two different paintings -” step by step” – starting with a simple pencil sketch on paper (ideas) and ending with the final painting.
We must not forget that between each stage of labor exsiste lot of time – from hours to several weeks.
↑ 1999. Painting “Night Landscape”. Oil on canvas. 50 x 100.
↑ 1999. Painting “The two”. Oil on canvas. 100 x 50.