Oil portrait painting commision

Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint that consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil. The viscosity of the paint may be modified by the addition of a solvent such as turpentine or white spirit, and varnish may be added to increase the glossiness of the dried oil paint film

Oil painting is the undisputed and deserved leader among other painting techniques. Today, thanks to it, centuries later, we can still see the works of the great masters of the past.

With a minimum of care, a commissioned oil portrait can last for a very long time.  Artists using this wonderful technique in the visual arts for so many centuries confirms its practicality and durability.

In the final stage, the painting is also varnished, which also protects the paint layer from environmental influences.

It takes much longer to create an oil portrait on canvas than other common techniques. As a basic rule, the picture is painted in several stages, between which the paint must be allowed to dry.

When creating a commissioned oil portrait in ancient times, before the advent of photography, artists had to ask the painted individual to pose for a long time, from a few days to several weeks, depending on the style of the work, the size and the amount of detail in the painting. Undoubtedly, today, with our hectic pace of life, few people can find so much time and hold still during the sessions.  Therefore nowadays an oil portrait on commission from the photo would be the best option. 

Materials used in a oil portrait commission


Oil colours Rembrandt

Rembrandt and oil colour is a unique combination of superior quality and tradition in just one tube. A magnificent colour range of 120 colours. With an even distribution across the several colour ranges and a good balance between transparent and opaque colours.



Old Holland Claessens Oil Primed Belgian Linen Canvas features 100% Belgian linen prepared with two coats of oil primer and then stretched around robust stretcher bars and back-stapled to the frame for optimum strength. A gorgeous surface for oil painters seeking a top-quality, archival support. – Old Holland Claessens Oil Primed Belgian Linen Canvas

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