Watercolor Paintings As Compared to Oil Paintings

By: Stephen Condren

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Watercolor paintings are far different from oil paintings. They each have their own element that offer very different effects. As an artist I have enjoyed working in many types of medium for creating art, however, I would like to focus my attention here on my two favorites, watercolors and oils.

The first thing that an artist has to think about when he or she starts a new piece is what effect do I want have on the work, for there are things that you can do with one medium that you cannot do with the other. Let us compare the two mediums and see the difference.

Oil painting can be much more forgiving than watercolors for watercolors are very not able to be erased or alter much after you start. When working a watercolor you need to be quick and know exactly what effect you want.
The moment that you put the brush to the paper the pigment sets in. You can choose to put water on the paper before you set the brush on the paper or you can just lay the strokes right on. Also, watercolors are translucent which means that you can see through it so know what you are looking at for mistakes will jump out at you.

Another feature of watercolors is that you can delineate with far better exactitude than you can do with oils. You can put a pen and ink line right to the paper and carry that line anywhere on the paper. What lines of ink that you put on a watercolor are clear and permanent. A great weakness in watercolors is that you cannot rework it. For example, if you do not like the tone of a color you applied, you can take your brush dip it into water and apply that to the tone. The tone will lift out to a point but leave the residue. Now you apply a new tone and notice that it is not as clear and fresh. Further, if you try and rub the pigment into the paper it will get muddy looking and loose all it beauty. The key to success with watercolors is to be quick and light. Do not attempt to edit, try and do everything through on the first time.

Oil painting on the other hand can be very forgiving for you can get a rag and thinner and just rub off the oils that you did not like and rework it. Also, oils are much stronger in tone and stand-out even at great distance. Oils have a rich luster that watercolor cannot approach. However, the
greatest weakness with oils is that you cannot delineate very will. Unlike watercolor where you can introduce a pen and do lots of cross hatching in
desired sections of the work, oils do not permit the use of a pen or any other drawing tools, the paint brush is the ruler of the oil canvas.

Be sure that when you go to create a work of art, know what you want for aesthetic effects for you do not want to change course half way down stream.

About the Author:
Stephen F. Condren - Artist. Fine Arts, House Portraits, Skyline Paintings. Website Blog


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