Using oil paints on canvas is still loved by a lot of artists because the end results are just astounding in more ways than one. Oil painting also offers a lot of benefits. Though some artists who prefer to finish their art pieces faster consider the slow drying process of oil painting to be disadvantageous, there are some artists who consider this beneficial on their part. With a slow drying time, the artist will be able to have a longer time to work on their art pieces. They can even do it at different sessions without getting worried if there will be parts of their oil paint that will dry faster than the others. In addition, slow drying time also means that the artist will still be given enough time to do some changes to their oil painting if they find them necessary. Oil paints are also beneficial in the sense that they can produce luminous colors that do not easily wear out. This characteristic allows for the oil paints to easily blend with any surrounding paint colors in the canvas. The end result will no doubt be one artwork piece that is highly sought-after.
If you are giving your creative mind a go for creating oil paintings, then you must enroll yourself in oil painting classes. However, if you think that enrolling in oil painting classes may just be taking you way too high on another level, then you can start at the bottom and slowly work your way up to the top. Here are some practical tips to make your oil painting stand out better even as an oil painting beginner.
Tip #1: Exude volume by using a thick paste on foreground
If you want to give your oil panting a more lifelike look, then go for the three-dimensional appearance. This is not that hard to achieve with the use of oil paints. Acrylics and oils are capable of creating thick impastos in comparison to watercolors and pastels. To make your oil painting look more 3D, apply a thick oil paste into foreground of your painting. You then proceed in thinning it with the use of receding planes. This results in having only a thin paint layer but at a distance, your canvas will have the illusion of being three-dimensional.
Tip #2: Introduce more texture to your art piece by dry brushing
If you plan to create art pieces with crashing water waves, grass, and leaves, then texture must be present in your oil painting. With the use of a dry brushing technique, texture will be crystal clear to your eyes. Dry brushing can be done by skipping your brush so that your paint will peel off. You can make the water foam on you canvas look bubbly or make your wood look more weathered with holding your brush horizontally and then grazing it.
Tip #3: Make your oil painting look more interesting by using different colors
Skip adding color variants from just one hue in one area of your painting. This lets you avoid the monochromatic and solid colors. Go with partially mixing colors on your palette to neutralize your saturation and then squeeze your oil paint under a lot of pressure to see better color variants for every stroke you make. This makes your oil painting even look more realistic than you can ever hope for.