So you’re looking for a good deal on a great piece of oil painting art? Moreover, do you desire something with an abstract appeal? The following two set oil painting is a great example of a true, hand painted oil artwork at a phenomenal discount. The oil painting pair as on sale seen full scale by clicking on the link below, is originally $179.99. But it has been marked down to a sweet $39.90!
It depicts an abstracted, ballet dancer in a stick figure-like outline. I like this one because it is strangely seductive to the eye. No matter how long I look at it, I am zoned out on its peculiar, dainty aberration. It really seems to truly captivate beauty in motion.
The backdrop is rather pungent and has a streamlined feel to it. I think this would be perfect in a bathroom wall as they are usually the smallest. In this way a person on a bathroom can truly examine it close up.
Like I said, this is a veritably sweet deal. If you are thinking of getting this two piece work of art, remember this is an original hand painted set. So only one person will get it.
Brief History and Explanation of Oil Paintings
The main element of oil paintings is the process by which it absorbs or discharges spectrums of light. Substances called pigments altars light through a process called wavelength selective-absorption. Pigments actually give of hues to materials from curtains, soft drinks to car upholstery. Many types of oil-based color agents are durable. But there are kinds of oils that are not so versatile. These are called fugitives which fade with ware and light bombardment and other causes.
Oil based paints actually have a foundation of common, simple natural oils like poppy seed oil among others. Compared to acrylic paints, oils are more robust, vibrant and are easier to discern in color variation. The only real downside to oil paints is their strong odor and how much slower they dry.
The surface that an oil artist paints on is called canvas as we all know. It can made of linen, made from the flax plant, or plied cotton which is less durable but cheaper than linen. Canvas is made flat by fours sides of a square border that makes the surface flat and able to be painted on. There are two kinds of this “frame” called a strainer or a stretcher. A strainer may get loose somewhat. But a stretcher is adjustable making up for this.
After the canvas is tightly bout by all four corners, it is applied with sticky substance made from animal materials. This “glue” is sometimes made from rabbit skin. Typically, an adhesive chalky, sticky substance called gesso is put on a different of surface called a panel. Regular gesso is not suitable for canvas. Instead, an acrylic based altered gesso is used.
Acrylic gesso serves the purpose of absorbing the oil paint into the canvas surface.
What is oil paint composed of and how is it made?
Pigments, as defined before, are mixed with an oil solvent. It is either pre-made or mixed on an palate, a hand held wooden boomerang shaped tool to mix and apply paint. Pigments are either natural substances like minerals or plant-based solvents.
However, natural pigments tended to degrade over time. So, in place of this kind of pigment, chemically altered agents help to sustain and preserve the oil painting.
In the 18th century, oil paint was first made into freezable tubes with caps, making paints easy to transport. This would also preserve paint to have a longer degree of liquidity and pastiness.
Brushes came in varying sizes and shapes as well as brush substances. Some were made from weasel hair bristles or mongoose hair. Each size and shape had a specific purpose. A round small tipped brush served to compose fine detail. Wide brushes were used to portray backgrounds or wide shading.
A bright brush was flat but a little shorter than a normal brush used for tough color scrubbing. Next there is the Filbert brush that has a wide semi-circle edge. The very similar called an Egbert brush was a longer version of the Filbert brush and only available to the more wealthier artists. A tool known more as a “putty knife” is the palette knife used to scrape of paint layers.
Famous Oil Paintings
Here is a brief naming of famous oil paintings – some of which need no introduction. The Mona Lisa painted from 1503-1506. It is quite likely the most old and pristine example of an oil painting in existence. It was created by the very notable Leonardo De’ Vince. In the year 1630 another esteemed artists named simple as Rembrandt in most contexts made a portrayal of himself or a self portrait as it is properly called.
Moving along the line of prominent artists and their works, comes Raphael and his oil painting La Donna. Painted in 1516, it pictures a fair-skinned woman in a long hair veil with an exquisite relaxed face.
Pablo Picasso, know for his abstract pieces, made the Old Guitarist in 1903. It depicts a frail, wrinkled man cramped into the portrait with a long guitar. Picasso typically made religious works of art too. This is one of his portraits. Picasso was also an architect as well that reflected in his works.
A good example of a more recent famous oil painter is Marc Chagall. He painted his piece called the Bella with a white collar. It was made in the early 19th century in 1917. The depiction was just as one would think from the title. It pictures a man in a white collar and black overalls.
I hope you enjoyed the excursion into the vast world of oil painting in all its variations. If you are really into oil paintings, or you like the oil painting for sale above, let me know if you would like more like it or of a different temper but which still an oil painting and I will post more for you. Just leave a comment bellow. But feel free to comment on anything art related. I’d love to hear from you!