What is an oil painting?
Oil paints are pigments mixed with oil, typically linseed oil which allows the paint to be manipulated in ways that other paint types cannot. Oil paints produce the most vivid colors and textures of all painting methods. Artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne all worked in oils.
Displaying Oil Paintings
Oil paints need to breath, and can actually take months, even years in some cases to fully dry. So displaying your oil painting rarely involves any covering such as glass or acrylic (plexiglass). Typically you would display your painting in an open back frame.
Most of the time, oil paintings are done on stretched canvas, which can be easily dented and torn, so you have to be extremely careful when handling them. Even leaning a canvas on something can distort the canvas. So please take caution in
“This is my favorite medium to work in. It’s that simple. I love working with oils because I learn something new every time. There are methods that I have never worked in that when I try for the first time, bring a whole new world of possibilities to my art.”
-Ryan J. Flynn