Bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting by some six
Trudging halfway up a jagged goat trail, guide Mohammad Ibrahim extolled the panoramic view: a vast, ancient landscape of russet-hued cliffs that is on the frontline of Afghan efforts to jump-start warzone tourism.Bamiyan - famous for empty hillside niches that once sheltered giant Buddha statues that were blown up by the Taliban - is a rare oasis of tranquility that has largely been spared the wrenching conflict that afflicts the rest of Afghanistan.These aspects of the paint are closely related to the expressive capacity of oil paint.Traditionally, paint was transferred to the painting surface using paintbrushes, but there are other methods, including using palette knives and rags.
Oil paint is usually mixed with linseed oil, artist grade mineral spirits, or other solvents to make the paint thinner, faster or slower-drying.
But Zhang Xinyu and Liang Hong, a millionaire couple and full-time adventurers from Beijing, were so moved on hearing about the destruction of the ancient relics that they took it upon themselves to resurrect the statues.
A large replica of a candle lantern adorns the city square - a mocking symbol erected by activists to highlight that Bamiyan has no power grid, with students forced to study under solar-lit street lamps.
There are many other media that can be used with the oil, including cold wax, resins, and varnishes.
These additional media can aid the painter in adjusting the translucency of the paint, the sheen of the paint, the density or 'body' of the paint, and the ability of the paint to hold or conceal the brushstroke.