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Watercolor painting

Watercolor painting
Water color artworks are attractive to look at and easier to do. That said perfection is missing in this art form, because there is little scope for rectifying the error as the colors dry up quite fast because the colors are quickly absorbed once applied. It is not possible to place the paper vertically as water will flow downwards as well. So you would need a flat surface, on which to lean. Detailed paintings using watercolors may take quite a while and requires considerable skill. One factor in favor of this type of art is that cleaning up after completing the painting is easy. There are no odors from these paints either.

Pros
  1. Watercolors are odorless;
  2. These art works dry up fast, so they can be carried easily;
  3. Even dried up paints can be reused by adding water;
  4. Cleaning up after a painting session is easy.

Cons
  1. You would need a desk or table to lean upon;
  2. Perfection is difficult because paint is absorbed swiftly and is difficult to rectify, especially as it dries up fast;

Supporters

kgord

Watercolors

I think there are many lovely oil paintings, but water colors look so lovely when they are all muted and muddled together. I just think these are some of the best paintings you can have. I enjoy them very much.
Posted by kgord on 10-18-2017
hermessantos

Watercolor painting

Both techniques are extremely beautiful and difficult. But I confess that I have a greater admiration for watercolor art, simply because I find it more difficult to create an art using ink and water.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
overcast

Watercolors

I love painting through watercolors. They can fit nicely on the various types of paper. And the art through it can be something people may remember for years. So on that point I'd definitely prefer the watercolors for many reasons. And another thing is that these type of the colors can be good to fit in many ways on wood too some of the times.
Posted by overcast on 10-19-2017
Marvadaum

Watercolor

I feel that watercolor paintings are easier and also reflect the traces of the artist better. Art is all about self expression so there goes it
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-16-2017
blank629

Watercolor for me.

When I was a kid, I become inspired everytime I see some paintings. I am curious how they do it. Then one time our class do some arts. The teacher wants us to bring watercolor because we are going to paint. I cheer up that time and I enjoy painting with the used of watercolor. Until now, I used watercolor if I am going to do some paintings on my own. I find it easy to used.
Posted by blank629 on 10-18-2017

55%

Oil painting

Oil painting
Many people consider oil art to be professional art. In truth, oil art is often easier to rectify than water art. This is because the paints dry slowly giving the artist more time to correct as needed. It is also possible to paint over an existing painting without the underlying colors peeping through. These paints are expensive, as is the oil used as solvent, though there are cheaper variants. There is however odor associated with these paints. The canvas needs to be upright, which can be a problem because the artist’s hand needs to be held up too and doing this for a longer period can be strenuous. Moreover, special equipment such as an easel stand is needed. Cleaning up the palette, brushes, floor, hands, floors, etc., is not that easy as is with water colors.

Pros
  1. Perfection can be achieved in this by repairing the painting even after the paint dries up;
  2. There is less scope of parallax errors and sizes because the angle of view and painting would be similar;
  3. These paintings do not fade easily, though they may accumulate dust and therefore, require cleaning.

Cons
  1. Cleaning up after the paints have dried takes time;
  2. The paints have odors;
  3. The canvas has to be kept upright so it requires an easel

Supporters

Mehano

Beautiful

I love to draw and have actually tried both techniques but I have to admit that doing oil paintings is much better.

I just always felt more satisfied with my work afterward and I feel like it gives you a bit more time to work and draw things since it doesn't dry up as fast as the watercolors do.

Also, if I look at general artists, I always admire the oil paintings more. They just look superior in my eyes. But yes, it is a bit harder to master.

Posted by Mehano on 10-18-2017
wiseagent

Oil.

"Watercolor painting" is so cool (and quite different... in a good way), but "Oil painting" is much more beautiful and has a certain magic in this type of art.

I can't explain just through words, but oil painting is something that really looks visually very beautiful.

Posted by wiseagent on 10-18-2017
cubo

Oil for me

When I was a kid I loved to draw and paint anything I could imagine so, my parents signed me on an oil painting course. I spent more than one year learning how to paint on oil and I made 3 paintings. Well, one of them is still unfinished because I quit before I can finish it, I got bored of painting and drawing. Sometimes, I use my old oil paints to paint anything I want or need but just for fun, I don't want to be a professional oil painter.
Posted by cubo on 10-19-2017
Heatman

Better for me

I have actually used both of the painting and the both of them are actually good at their purpose of being used. But in comparing which is a better one among the two of them, it's definitely going to be Oil painting because of its more lasting quality in a work and how neat it makes a work looks.
Posted by Heatman on 10-18-2017
johnrajiv123

Oil

As a self proclaimed artist, I prefer using oil when painting. I think it suits my style. It is also better for abstract paintings. I have tried water color paintings before but didn't get the result I wanted.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 10-19-2017
ColdFlameChris

Oil Painting

I love oil painting as it looks more lively and more vibrant than watercolor. Oil painting really lasts longer than watercolor as most painters prefer to use it for their work of art. I do appreciate watercolor but not as much as an oil painting. :)
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 10-23-2017

Comments

Pixie
To be honest I actually love both. I have some paintings in my house but most of them are watercolor painting. I think I will have to look for some oil paintings. When I was still at school I was very interested in art. I once participated in a drawing competition where I made an oil painting. The jury was satisfied with my work and I got the third prize. I don't paint that much nowadays as I have to look after my business and this takes most of my time.
Posted by Pixie on 10-18-2017
lovely
I like an oil painting because of it more durable and add shine to the painting.I coated the wall of my balcony with oil paint some days back and that night it rain on it and I was worried that it has messed up by the rain but the next day, it looked as if water didn't drop on the wall,so I think it very good paint type than emulsion paint but watercolor painting is also good but oil paint is better.
Posted by lovely on 10-18-2017
muaaz.93
Oil painting used to take years and it still takes a long time since it is a slow drying medium, therefore more effort and dedication must be applied. Watercolor paintings are easy to do but are not sold at a good price. Oil being an old technique would continue to sell good.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 10-18-2017
Heatman
Watercolor painting best serves the kids usage, if you are an adult and painting is really your thing, Oil painting is definitely better for you but when it's kids concerned, then it's Watercolor painting that is best suited for them.
Posted by Heatman on 10-18-2017
felabruno
I think both kind of paiting are beautiful and it requires of great talent to execute a piece. I wouldn't pick a favorite because if it was the case that I could purchase a piece of art in any of these forms of painting, I would choose either of both.
Posted by felabruno on 10-18-2017
ballyhara
Honestly I like both of them, maybe because I really appreciate art in its different expressions, and I don't feel like one is better than the other. Each one has its own technique, and it depends on the subjective opinion of the one that's observing it. I would use oil painting, to create a piece that I want it to remains for years and years, but if I'm new to painting, I should start by doing watercolor first. Anyway it all depends on what the artist prefers.
Posted by ballyhara on 10-18-2017
Rhodolite
I enjoy both. They both have their merits depending on what the subject is. Oils are better for portraiture and still life but when it comes to abstract or even a stylistic approach for paintings, watercolor is by far hands down the better of the two mediums. I've personally painted on both and neither is harder or easier than the other, they both have their quirks and techniques to make them work well. It's like apples and oranges, both are fruit but vastly different in texture and flavor.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-18-2017
Denis_P
Oh my lord this is such a hard decision to make, because both can be incredibly beautiful so long as the artist understands the medium. I think that oil paintings are more beautiful in the context of complex and detailed landscapes. There is a lot of potential in capturing the essence of an entire scene with oil painting. On the other hand, water color looks nicer when painting singular items, such as a flower or some object. I find that watercolor stimulates my imagination more.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-19-2017
overcast
I love watercolors for many reason. The type of shade and the different type of the design we can make on the painting can be really good. As you can see that it adds more value as well. And another thing is that watercolor has it's own beneficial ways for the landscape based art. And that needs to be learned from what I have learned. So you can see that oil painting based art is rather in different category.
Posted by overcast on 10-19-2017
wallet
This depends on what exactly you want to create and your skills. If you are a professional I would use the Oil painting because this is what makes a painting valuable and more appreciated, but if you are a beginner I would choose the watercolor and I would exercise until I would dominate the paint and creation, and after that, I would start with oil paint.
Posted by wallet on 10-19-2017
Scarlet
Oil painting because it can last for a long time. There are many popular paintings done using oil painting that still existed today. Most of them are bought as a collection of people because it can be a great investment in the future especially when the painter is famous.
Posted by Scarlet on 10-20-2017
vinaya
For a professional artist, I think Oil color is the best option. Oil painting does not easily fade away, thus it lasts long. Watercolor is for those who want to learn painting. It is also good for hobbyist painter. However, water color does not last long as it easily fades away. You need to keep the painting in a glass frame in order to protect the water painting.
Posted by vinaya on 10-20-2017
babyright
Oil art is the best since it helps the artist to be able to correct minor errors easily before it dries unlike that of watercolor that drys quickly.
Posted by babyright on 10-29-2017
Happyflowerlady
I also like both styles, and I think thatoil paintings have more depth and richer colors than water color paintings, which are usually kind of blurry and not as sharp-focused as oil paintings can be. Either way, I much prefer the paintings that actually represent something, and not the more modernistic ones that you have to try and guess what the painting is all about. I think that it might be easier to learn about painting with water colors, just because there is so much you have to learn about the paints, as well as the techniques, to be able to paint with oils. It can take a very long time to make an oil painting because it has to dry in between layers, and then there needs to also be layers of sheer varnish over top of the actual paints. There are some beautiful paintings with both styles, but I think that I prefer oil paintings.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 10-30-2017
felabruno
I like both. I think watercolor is more popular amongst children and oil painting is considered more mature but both techniques are great. Both ways of painting can produce beautiful works of art. I wish I could paint well but I can at least see art in a museum.
Posted by felabruno on 11-16-2017