FinestOilPaintings

Pet portraits, oil paintings, dogs, cats, horses

505 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (127)

FinestOilPaintings

Pet portraits, oil paintings, dogs, cats, horses

505 Sales

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John Carwithen

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John Carwithen

Announcement    Why are oil paints so good?

Simply put oil has unmatched range of expression and can demonstrate astounding subtlety in the right hands; an analogy is like listening to music with an expensive hi-fi or a cheap portable device with tiny speakers!

The look of oil can only be appreciated by seeing it in the flesh, because a monitor or print cannot cope with the depth of the painting as literally, the whole painting is suspended in an oil medium). Like holograms, you have to see them for real.

It can have great body to raise it off the support, creating lovely textures and paint forms, bringing the painting to life in a 3D way printing can only poorly mimic.

It can blend so smoothly and have various degrees of translucency (glazes) over any other medium because layers can be built up over and over each other - the closest I've seen is egg tempera, which is not so flexible in what it can do and more difficult to work with to achieve anything near the range oil paint.

It can also lie very thinly and flat, especially for glaze work and detailed work on smoother surfaces, which could be as smooth as glass or rough as you like.

The key element with oil paint is that pigment is suspended in oil (many types which eventually dry) and so will generally always have a greater depth to it above other media. Acrylic may match it's body in the form of heavy brush strokes, but they will always have a lack of depth compared to oil paint.

I think the look of oil verses say acrylic is like butter verses spreads; the latter always has a giveaway synthetic look to it, whereas oil paint has a 'naturalness' to it.

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Why are oil paints so good?

Simply put oil has unmatched range of expression and can demonstrate astounding subtlety in the right hands; an analogy is like listening to music with an expensive hi-fi or a cheap portable device with tiny speakers!

The look of oil can only be appreciated by seeing it in the flesh, because a monitor or print cannot cope with the depth of the painting as literally, the whole painting is suspended in an oil medium). Like holograms, you have to see them for real.

It can have great body to raise it off the support, creating lovely textures and paint forms, bringing the painting to life in a 3D way printing can only poorly mimic.

It can blend so smoothly and have various degrees of translucency (glazes) over any other medium because layers can be built up over and over each other - the closest I've seen is egg tempera, which is not so flexible in what it can do and more difficult to work with to achieve anything near the range oil paint.

It can also lie very thinly and flat, especially for glaze work and detailed work on smoother surfaces, which could be as smooth as glass or rough as you like.

The key element with oil paint is that pigment is suspended in oil (many types which eventually dry) and so will generally always have a greater depth to it above other media. Acrylic may match it's body in the form of heavy brush strokes, but they will always have a lack of depth compared to oil paint.

I think the look of oil verses say acrylic is like butter verses spreads; the latter always has a giveaway synthetic look to it, whereas oil paint has a 'naturalness' to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
(127)
  • Charity Cain on 07 Jan, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered this painting of our dog as a gift for my husband. It is just beautiful and he absolutely loved it. It captures Tyrion's sweet eyes so well. I am so delighted to have this in our home forever. John is communicative and quick to respond and didn't mind when I peppered him with questions. He is super friendly and I just could not imagine a better transaction.

  • saovic on 05 Jan, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous! Thank you so much for capturing Lucy’s soul in this painting.

  • mishacoetzer on 02 Jan, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing detail! Bought this for our friends for Christmas and they loved it. I'm really impressed by the detail, the shipping was quick and was packed so that no damage could be done. I will definitely get more paintings done by John in the future.

  • harringtondanielle1 on 29 Dec, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the third painting we’ve commissioned from John. His portraits are not only realistic, they also capture the essence of our animals. I couldn’t be happier with them. John is always very easy to communicate with. He responds to all on my inquiries promptly. He is always patient with all of my requests and questions. A pleasure to work with!

  • Brenda on 23 Dec, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the second I have ordered from John, and over exceeds your expectations. He brings life back in a painting that is never lost when you look at it. The eyes are the soul and this stands true in the paintings he does. Highly recommend and delivery came just in time when one wants it, keeping in mind that paintings do take time so when ordering this keep that into consideration.

About FinestOilPaintings

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Custom pet portraits in oil paint on stretched canvas or carbon pencil on Ingres paper. Other subjects being added.

WHY ARE OIL PAINTS SO GOOD?

Simply put oil has unmatched range of expression and can demonstrate astounding subtlety in the right hands; an analogy is like listening to music with an expensive hi-fi or a cheap portable device with tiny speakers!

The look of oil can only be appreciated by seeing it in the flesh, because a monitor or print cannot cope with the depth of the painting as literally, the whole painting is suspended in an oil medium). Like holograms, you have to see them for real.

It can have great body to raise it off the support, creating lovely textures and paint forms, bringing the painting to life in a 3D way printing can only poorly mimic.

It can blend so smoothly and have various degrees of translucency (glazes) over any other medium because layers can be built up over and over each other - the closest I've seen is egg tempera, which is not so flexible in what it can do and more difficult to work with to achieve anything near the range oil paint.

It can also lie very thinly and flat, especially for glaze work and detailed work on smoother surfaces, which could be as smooth as glass or rough as you like.

The key element with oil paint is that pigment is suspended in oil (many types which eventually dry) and so will generally always have a greater depth to it above other media. Acrylic may match it's body in the form of heavy brush strokes, but they will always have a lack of depth compared to oil paint.

I think the look of oil verses say acrylic is like butter verses spreads; the latter always has a giveaway synthetic look to it, whereas oil paint has a 'naturalness' to it.


MY BIO

I have painted pets, mainly dogs since 1983, usually favoured a very realistic style, but now also offer a fresher, more modern and affordable style after testing it through facebook, so I can now cater for more tastes, as both are popular.

I fell in love with oil painting aged 11 after being given a now famous 'painting by numbers' kit for Xmas and took to them like a duck to water.
I also discovered John Constable and William Turner and many more soon after and since then, no other media has satisfied me the same, aside from carbon pencils on paper; these contain a particularly dark soft lead, which encourages a gentle touch and brings out the paper's texture as part of the image, just like letting the canvas texture play a part in an oil painting.
I love the physical nature of these media combinations, which is why my interest in digital art is limited, so I'm a traditionalist, though not always a realistic painter.

I had a brief period working as a graphic designer, but the call of paint had to be acted upon and I have painted more or less unbroken since 1970.



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    I am firstly a painter, mostly using oil paint and also draw with soft (very dark) carbon pencils. I have used many other media, but have settled on these for their richness and physical presence. Secondly, I am developing some new macro photography.

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Last updated on 16 October, 2018
Thanks for checking out my shop.

My subjects are many, my mediums are oils on stretched canvas and graphite drawings on paper. I paint very realistically in the case of portraits for example, but also have abstract 'styles' for a free expression.

I paint traditionally in oils, using time consuming layering and glazes, or in a more modern 'one or two' coats way for a fresher look. People usually have a preference, though I like both.
My drawings are realistic using soft graphite, with a delicate touch.

My commissions are standardised here for convenience, but anything is considered outside these options - please use the "Request Custom Order" for an option not listed. Eg What about multiple portraits in one painting? Specific backgrounds or setting, rather than plain? Unusual requests?

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I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Send items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
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Refunds and Exchanges
I take pride in my artwork and want my customers to be completely satisfied. In case you are not, please let me know. You can return the painting for a full refund (minus shipping charge) within 14 days after receiving the painting. The buyer pays for the return shipping.
Payment
I accept all major credit cards and Paypal. I also accept Etsy gift cards.
Delivery
For items larger than 20x16inches, it's best we sort order details and shipping via etsy messaging.

I use a variety of couriers to send, shopping to find the best deal at the time, but always with tracking and signature required.

Oil paintings on canvas are fragile, as they are on a stretched canvas/fabric sensitive to indentation/damage, so packing is elaborate to help protect them, thus increasing the package size/weight, hence shipping costs.
Drawing are sent in tubes, which are sturdy by nature and so cheaper to send.

Some wet oil paintings need many days of drying time, I will let you know when to expect it dry enough for shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
I paint virtually anything and everything! Please contact me for further information.