1. Multiple Layers
Oil Painting comprises multiple numbers of layers of paint. First, the artist paints a layer and leave it to dry up. Only after the previous layer gets dried up, another layer can be painted. so it takes a huge effort and patience to paint oil painting. All these layers take part in providing the realism and royal feel in an oil painting. it is the prime reason for the high oil paintings cost
2. The Base
Normal drawings and sketches can be made on either standard drawing sheets or Ivory sheets but Oil paintings are painted on fine linen canvas support. This contributes to the durability and beauty of the painting but increases the oil paintings cost. Canvas support can last for hundreds of years need low maintenance too.
3. Oil Paints
Oil painting, as an art style is subjectively more difficult. Not every artist who has a god gifted talent (On a positive note), can draw it. It takes a procedure of sketching while drawing the portrait and later on the work of brush to paint it. There are few artists who can do it well, hence they deserve good payback for their hardships.
5. High Demand
Oil paintings are high in demand because of their perfection and realism. These paintings have been the prime center of the art in history for hundreds of years. The demand and supply rules work here too and hence give their contribution into increasing the oil paintings’ cost overall.
6. Brushes Used
Various types of art brushes are used in the making of oil paintings. There are brushes like Filbert brushes, Flat brushes and other brushes too. You can read about them in our blog “Types of Paint Brushes Used in Oil Painting“. These various brushes have a short life and high prices. for example, a filbert brush comes for 15$ and survives only 2 paintings. Hence it is quite difficult to lower down the oil paintings’ cost from brushes’ end.
7. Realism Achieved
8. Various Other Ingredients
9. Time took
Once a painting is completed, the artists varnish it to enrich the colors and for longer durability. Once dried up and varnished successfully, the artwork gets ready to be shipped and reach you. OIl paintings do have a longer lifetime and can last for centuries for if they rea kept with full care and precautions.
Oil paintings may cost more than the other ones but believe me, they are worthy of all that. Once you’ll see your custom handmade oil portrait painting you will just fall in love with that. Once you have an oil painting you have everything as an art lover. Preparation of oil painting may look quite expensive but they are really easy to get maintained. You can read our article about “How to Clean an Oil Painting”
Great article and very true. I’d just like to say in addition to this is all thr study, years of not only formal education if one so chooses, but years & decades of finding what the artist wants to paint. Also what others have done, what makes art and important for them, for their audience and/ or customers.
For me it’s been and will always be an important part of life. Mine and others, thank you for your site and glad I stumbled upon it.