"En Plein Air is Painting on Location"
Iao Valley Garden Steps
Oil on canvas, 48x56
No one can tell the difference between one of my oil paintings or one of my acrylic paintings. The colors are equally bright and the palette pigments are the same. I have the colors listed in my painting section for both mediums, and my choice of brands that I think do the best job. With oil painting, unlike acrylics, the mixing medium is all important.
I enjoyed painting this painting in alkyd, 48" x 56" is a fairly large painting, I rarely go over the 4'x8' size. This 4'x8' was cut in half to 4'x56" and 4'x26". Larger sizes let me use bigger brushes. They take about the same amount of time a smaller painting takes using smaller brushes.
Here is a quote from the painting section: WARNING.. Driers yellow worst than oil.
#1, MY PAINTING MEDIUM, USED TO MAKE THE PAINT FLUID
4 parts Stand Oil, 2 parts Raw Cold Pressed Linseed Oil, 2 parts Venetian Turpentine, 1 part Turpentine, 1/2 part Wax, 2% Drier.
#2, PAINTING MEDIUM, USED BY MANY ARTIST'S
4 parts Stand Oil, 3 parts Sun Dried Linseed Oil, 1 part Raw Cold Pressed Linseed Oil, 1 part Damar, 2% Drier.
#3, PAINTING MEDIUM, THE HARD WORKING GLAZE
3 parts Venetian Turpentine, 2 parts Sun Thickened Linseed Oil, 1/2 part Turpentine, it should just drip off the palette knife. 2% Cobalt drier, 5 drops drier per 2 1/2 oz. of medium.
#4, I LIKE THIS MEDIUM
3 parts Galkyd, 1 part Turpentine, it should just drip off the palette knife. No drier added and it's dry in three hours. Cobalt drier yellows much worse than oil, alkyds need no drier.