I have done a lot of oil painting in the past, but it was always with toxic solvents, and as I became more health conscious, I wanted to stop that practice, and use acrylics instead. I hated the fact that acrylics always dried up too quickly, so if you spend all that time mixing a skin tone or something, it’ll dry out in no time, so if you want to keep that colour workable, you’re forced to use a retarding medium, which gives the paint a goopy consistency.
Part of the joy of painting, for me, is the unintended effects, and intuitive fun you can have due to the paint remaining workable on the surface of the piece. I heard of water mixable oil paints last year, and so, read various reviews on the net about peoples’ experiences with them. You can never really know until you give it a try, so I purchased a tube of black and white, with the intention of using water to thin the paint for the initial layers, and then linseed oil as the medium for subsequent layers.
It felt so good to be painting with oils again!
Study with Water Mixable Oils
Portrait of Female Model
Oil on Primed Cardboard