The Oil Painting Experience
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If you are new to the oil painting experience online, it is important to remember that all the images on this site are simulacra. They are substitutes for the primary experience of viewing an actual oil painting.
A camera lens can only capture what it sees on the surface.
The power of an oil painting is dependent, to a large degree, on over-painting—pigments applied in layers. These layered dimensions are entirely overlooked by the camera lens.
An actual oil painting is far richer than what you see on your monitor.
When viewing an oil painting, some light rays pass between color pigments suspended in the upper layer of oil. Once penetrating this surface, the rays reflect off the color particles in the lower layers. The retina of the eye is able to discern this complexity of color, where as, the camera lens can not.
Measurements of paintings are in inches, width by height.
All actual paintings are on stretched canvas and stapled on the back. The painted image continues onto the sides. This creates visual entry from any angle.