Art of Oil Painting - Practical Basics
By using right materials and techniques, all the artists can become a part of our history. Only the most permanent materials should be used, the ones that have been tested with the time or with special organization known as ASTM. Don't forget that all those materials have to be used wisely and with the right technique. Good painters are characterized not only by their ability to paint well; their mastery is in knowing how to use all those permanent materials. All that can be reached by studying from the right literature or with a good teacher. But it's not enough; you have to do some testing to make something by yourself and you need to go thru some small failures, it always happens with the beginners, so it's important not to give up. All those small failures will add some knowledge to your memory, and this will further you.
Oil colors are important too when speaking of paintings' life. Good oil colors are made from permanent pigments and quality oil. But we'll discuss it more properly in the "Oil Colors" section.