Differences Between Acrylic and Oil Paintings
Acrylics tend to have a more modern look and lend well to pops of bright color and design elements. They also offer the ability to add watercolor effects to a painting - this is hard to achieve with oil painting. Complex layering and textures are more achievable with acrylics because they dry so much faster than oils.
A well trained artist can make an acrylic painting look as captivating as an oil painting. I will make sure you love your painting regardless of medium and others will ask "is that an oil painting" whether you have me paint with oils or not.
Steeped in art history, oils tend to have a more timeless quality to them and lend well to subtle passages of color, light, shadow & soft edges. There is inherently a more jewel-like quality to them, especially when painting the subtleties of skin tone. They can lean more towards a sumptuous, decadent look because of the capability to amp up areas of interest with impasto (think cake frosting).
At its extreme, oil paintings have a tendency to look more upscale & luxurious but do know that acrylic paintings can look every bit as beautiful and rich and I stand by the quality of my acrylic paintings. It comes down to a matter of taste and your budget.
Even though oils have a tendency to be perceived by others as more "serious" or higher quality, the funny thing is that it is actually much more difficult to paint with acrylics in a highly technical manner and achieve satisfactory results because they dry so quickly. Also, companies like Golden Paints, Sennelier and Charvin make high quality acrylic paints that rival the quality of the finest oil paints.
When a painting is executed beautifully and soulfully, it doesn't matter whether it was made with acrylics or oils - the art will transcend the medium.
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