Oil Painting Media Testing Blog Post Reflection

To create this oil paint piece, we were asked to take a black-and-white photo of our faces with high contrast under strong lighting. To transform the picture onto canvas, we first printed and gridded the A4 picture into ten rows and seven columns and repeated this step on the cardboard canvas. This made sure our proportions were accurate. Then using an HB pencil, we sketched the outline of our faces using the gridlines as guidance. Values were finally added when we applied oil painting consisting only of black and white.

This was the first time I used oil painting. I learned that when painting with oil paint, only a small amount of paint is required. It also can last very long without drying. It’s different from acrylic because water alone cannot clean oil brushes, it requires thinner before rinsing.

From this media testing, I was introduced to oil paint, and I feel as if it had already become my go-to paint. The smoothness and quality of being able to blend so easily really appeals to me because it makes the shading of my artwork realistic.

When oil paint gets in contact with paint thinner, the texture and smoothness automatically disappears. Therefore, I don’t enjoy using paint thinner. However, when I want to change the color of my paint from dark paint to a lighter paint, I have to use the thinner to clean my brush. Next time, I will have with me by my side several hand towels to dry the thinner from my brush. I wonder what other media and canvas material can work with oil paint. Also, what other qualities do oil paint have that make it a good painting media?