Oils are a traditional painting medium that offer rich colours and stiff textures. They take longer to dry then acrylics which means less waste on the palette and longer open time for blending. Often thought of as a more toxic medium, recent oil painting practices have shifted away from the harsher turps and other spirits and moved towards more solvent free practices and/or replacing solvents with healthier alternatives.
ARTIST VS. STUDENT QUALITY
Artist Quality paints have a higher pigment to binder ratio allowing for better coverage and higher tinting strength; a little goes a long way. Artist Quality Brands offer wider colour selections, wider range of mediums, and require less paint when colour mixing. Each brand may offer colours exclusive to that brand. It is common practice for artists to mix and match brands to achieve their own unique colour palette.
Student Quality paints are more economically priced and have lower pigment loads compared to artist quality brands. Student Quality brands offer a basic selection of colours offering 'hues' instead of expensive pigments such as Cadmiums and Cobalts. Student Quality paint is ideal for beginners, large scale projects and underpainting.