Oil Paintings

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  The Medium Used by an Artist

 Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. Commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. The choice of oil imparts a range of properties to the oil paint, such as the amount of yellowing or drying time.

Oil paint enables the artist to develop a composition rich in color with the ability to show texture as well.   Oil paint is applied to stretched canvas either with a brush or palette knife.  Oil takes much loger to dry compared to watercolor with some oil paints drying faster that others.  For example, blue oil paints dry fairly quickly compared to yellows and reds, referred to by the artist as "warm" colors.  Blues and greens are cool colors.

Allaben's oil paintings are sought after by his patrons and collectors looking for a colorful addition to their home.  After each oil painting is thououghly dry he applies a coat of varnish which adds to the richness of the work as well as affording protection for long life.