Oil paint is a mixture of pigment particles suspended in a drying oil. When exposed to air, it slowly dries, forming a tough, coloured film. The slow drying property of the paint is advantageous to artists as it allows them to work up a painting gradually, making corrections as they go. Oil paint can also be thinned and blended with each other to create subtle variations of colour, light and shadow.

Peter Graham Wandering Shadows 1878


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
about 1485/90 - 1576
Claude Monet
1840 - 1926
Sir Henry Raeburn
1756 - 1823
Nicolaes Maes
1634 - 1693
Sir Joshua Reynolds
1723 - 1792
Alan Davie
1920 - 2014
Max Ernst
1891 - 1976