Art With History

Colors often contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and other metals in small quantities. These metals can be hazardous during intensive work (over many hours) and some may be released during a fire as toxic fumes. Therefore, people working with oil paints should read the manufacturer’s instructions and the symbols and warnings on the color tubes.

The difference between qualities stems from the fact that some of the amateur colors are made from synthetic imitations of those cheap or less rare colors or pigments. However, the hues are identical to the parallel colors, and the texture and work style are not different.


The oil painting can be likened to a building that includes a foundation and floors. 


There are two main types of bedding: Linen or canvas stretched on a wooden frame or a plywood board. 


The substrate must be covered with at least two or three layers of white base material, called Jesso.