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Name several advantages of oil painting over acrylic painting.
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Acrylic is a thicker paint, Oil works better in the long run as you can paint over it several times without a difference in thickness. The effect is also completely different. You can compare it like crayons to watercolour pencils (the pencils being oil and crayons being acrylic). These paints are completely different and the only real advantage depends on the item you are painting.
Posted by louispt on July 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)
Acrylic is basically a plastic, and as such does not age. Oil paint, on the other hand, gains a mellowness as it ages, a patina, and gentle cracking, and a flowing together of the layers. It is particularly effective in such painterly effects as chiaroscuro, and in the technique called “plein aire”. For the painter, the oil paint stays smooth and fluid on the palette longer than acrylics, and mixes with several media, while acrylic does not provide so much variety. Oil paint colors are subtler and richer, and the gentle glow of the painting grows as the painting ages. The only advantage of acrylics is the price. Finally, there is the “visual art history” the artist becomes part of with oils.
Posted by wordprof on July 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM (Answer #2)
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