Oils vs Acrylic Paints; My Preference and Why
A few weeks ago, I was hosting a class and I was asked if I ever painted in oils. I responded pretty quickly no and gave the reasons related to not wanting to work with the chemicals to clean my brushes, thin the paint etc. I have thought about this a few times since. My Mother was an oil painter and I remember her working with Varsol and other chemicals and I think it turned me off. I did not care for the smell and having to get it on my hands. I do not even know if you still use the same type of things for oils today. I have used water-based oils several times since and they produce paintings that are rich in depth of color, and I enjoy the result other than it takes a while for them to dry. But that is one reason they are so lovely; they give you time to work with them.
On the other hand, I use acrylics almost daily, I love them and their bright colors. Time is not necessarily your friend with acrylics. Sometimes I must rush to use the paint on my palette before it begins to dry. The opposite issue of oils, but after working with them for some time I have begun to understand how to blend on the canvas and get some great looks. I find I like the challenge. I also love the brilliant colors, totally different than the richness of oil. Sometimes the colors look like they are going to vibrate off of the canvas. I like that!
I probably will not be going back to oils, but I appreciate that I was asked and as a result I took the time to think about them again. Maybe I will pull my water-based oils out for a play day soon… We’ll see!
What is your favorite medium for your art?