Why Oil Painting Portraits Will Never Lose Their Appeal
Oil paintings will probably never lose their appeal. They have survived each new innovation in terms of image
reproductions, whether with new materials used for painting such as watercolours and acrylic, or the technological
advances in photography.
An advantage of oil paintings over photography is that a good oil painting will capture the essence of something
rather than being more of a moment in time.
An oil painting is created over a long period, which allows the artist to create something that symbolizes a
person's nature as a whole. Because of it's more instant nature a photograph doesn't always manage to achieve
The actual skill in creating a painting is still appreciated, and this is often, unfairly, not the case of a
good photograph. Because most people will be able to take reasonable photographs, especially with digital cameras,
the perception is that photography is an easier skill to master than painting in oils. The fact that painting with
oils is often viewed as the most difficult medium for a painter to work with only adds to its appeal and gives it
Most people will display photographs somewhere, whether at home or in their office. Displaying an oil painting,
especially when it is nicely framed will often be seen as something unique. In fact an oil painting portrait can
now have a similar effect as the early photographic portraits must have done, and be seen as a break from the
Whether you plan to get the perfect digital photo frames at Tesco, or use an ornate frame for an oil painting,
frames also play an important part in making sure that an image is appreciated.
Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' is not just a representation of the young woman herself, but it tells us
something about the young woman's nature through the portrait's reserved smile. This is what the best oil paintings
should manage to achieve, as a straightforward copy of a person, animal or scene becomes more like a photographic
snapshot. Even the great clarity of digital photos don't, by themselves, reveal much about a person's character for
The work involved in creating an oil painting can be laborious as paint is applied in layers. Some will say that
with the ability to take and store hundreds of digital photos quickly makes oil painting obsolete. But it's more
difficult to reveal a person's character in a digital photograph compared to a painting in oils. As long as this
remains the case then oil paintings will continue to be popular.