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Oil Paintings

In oil painting, one has to paint with pigments that are bound with a medium of dry oil. Varnishes made out of linseed oil and boiled with either pine resin or frankincense, are often used. Different types of oils are used for rendering various properties to the oil paint. Also appropriate usage of different oils in the same painting can improve the clarity and quality of the same. Traditional style of oil painting involves the sketching of the subject first on to the canvass with a charcoal or thinned paint as the first layer and increasing the oil content for each successive or additional layer. Otherwise, there is a danger of peeling and cracking of the final painting. Cold wax, resin and varnishes are some of the main media used for oil painting. By using them in appropriate ways, one can improve both clarity and quality of the same. Usually paint brushes, pallet knives and rags and used for shifting the paint to the painting surface.

The main advantage of using oil painting is that it becomes easier for the artist to alter the texture, color or appearance of the figure owing to the wetness of oil paint. Above all, the artist also has the option of removing the entire layer of painting and starting afresh by using a rag and some turpentine as long as the painting is wet. Oil painting dries by oxidation and hence needs to be re-varnished only in six months to a year. Art conservators prefer the oil painting to dry completely only after sixty to eighty years.

Following are the free oil paintings online ebooks and pdf tutorials available in web.
  1. Oil painting: the workshop experience By Ted Goerschner, Lewis Barrett Lehrman
  2. Oil painting techniques and materials By Harold Speed 
  3. Oil Painting Workbook: A Complete Course in 10 Lessons By Stan Smith
  4. A Manual of Oil Painting by John Collier
  5. Oil Painting for Dummies By Anita Giddings, Anita Marie Giddings, Sherry Stone Clifton 
  6. The guide to oil painting 
  7. Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Oil Painting  By Mary Willenbrink 
  8. Materials for a history of oil painting, Volume 1 By Sir Charles Lock Eastlake 
  9. What painting is: how to think about oil painting, using the language of alchemy By James Elkins 
  10. The Creation of Color in 18th-Century Europe Oil Painting by Sarah Lowengard 
  11. Cleaning an Old Oil PaintinCleaning Painting By Carol Carney and Cheryl Lekas

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