The Top 3 Misconceptions About Oil Painting

Old Holland Oil Paints (Credit: Old Holland)

It’s toxic! It takes years to dry! It’s impossible to use!

Myth 1: Oil Painting is Toxic

Rather than oil paints, there are mediums like turpentine that are the toxic components of oil painting. However, these toxic mediums can be swapped out for safer mediums like linseed oil. (Photo by Old Holland)
Paintings done in an impasto technique may take longer to dry, but a thin layer of oil paint will dry in several hours. Credit: Abbie Rugg

As I’ve said before: art doesn’t require rules, but education does.




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