Artist that wants to paint using oils. Is there any canvas that is best for oils?
I need help!
I really want to start doing paintings using oils but have never really done it before. I have painted with acrylics and noticed that it was difficult to blend colors and hues, and it made my paintings look very fake and unnatural.[For instance if I’m painting a tree, I want the tree to look like a real tree, with lights, darks and blended colors. If I’m painting a persons face, I want the face to look like real skin, real eyes, real mouth, and acrylics does not allow me to create that effect.]
I have done blended art work with just prismacolor colored pencil alone,but it took about a week to finish. I don’t want to go through all that again.
For all of the artist please tell me how you started off the base finishing for you oil paintings and what kind of canvases will give the painting a flat canvas, fine art look? (I don’t like bumpy surfaces)
PLEASE share your experiences and skill. Thank You
First of all, any primed canvas (coated with 2 coats of white gesso) will be fine for any oil painting. You can give it extra coats, sanding smooth when dry (careful not to sand the fabric) until you have a smooth-as-glass finish. Professional portrait painters use linen instead of canvas as the texture is less pronounced (smaller threads are woven more tightly). You can also paint on sealed board (such as mdf or masonite) and use the sanded gesso technique above.
To begin an oil, I use pure turpentine (or odorless solvent) mixed with a dab of mid-value colour (like burnt sienna) to “block in” my composition & give me an idea of the values. This will dry fairly quickly, then the background is worked, followed by the middle, then foreground. Keep in mind that oil paint will dry MUCH slower than acrylics – some layers could take weeks before they dry enough to add another layer. Even after adding Alkyd medium to speed up drying, you will have about 8 to 20 hours for blending before the layer is dry.
If this sounds like too long to wait, try your acrylics again using a Glazing Medium mixed with your paint. Don’t use water for thinning – it makes the paint dry even faster! Glazing medium has a retarder added to slow the drying of acrylics, and aids greatly in blending.
Unnatural colours in acrylics are often caused by the use of craft or student-grade paint (they are usually opaque and contain too many pigments to make natural-looking mixtures), the use of too many opaque colours (instead of transparent), or mixing with black pigment (deadens the colours) causing the painting to lose its glow.
Which ever you choose, use the best paint and painting surface you can afford. It will make your experience easier & improve your results. And have fun while you’re at it!
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