January 15, 2018 at 6:22 am #13451
Hi Matt, everyone,
I’m dying to get into oil painting but my biggest setback is that I’m so sensitive to turps and mineral spirits that I can’t even spend time in a room with a CLOSED bottle of gamsol without breaking out into a rash and getting a migraine…. Is it possible to paint completely solvent free and will I still be able to do my painting in layers and do glazes and things like that? What does the elimination of solvents do to the fat over lean rule?
I’ve got a bottle of spike lavender oil coming in the mail this week and that is my last hope for a solvent my body will tolerate…
thanks!January 15, 2018 at 8:48 am #13454
Fear not, the solution is available in a shop near you! 😉
I have the same problem, so take it from me that water mixable oils work beautifully! I have used them for a year now. You can work in exactly the same way as with solvent based oils. You just use different materials, so sometimes you have to put on your thinking cap to translate the lessons/words/names of mediums.
I use Winsor and Newton Artisan water mixable oils. I use their mediums too for different applications including layers and glazing. Fat over lean works the same as in traditional oils. After experimenting, I decided to NOT use water anymore (except for cleaning the brushes) but always the W&N solvent.
At some point I ‘desperately needed’ a colour that was not in stock at my favourite store, so I bought Cobra Artist by Talens. A very nice oil too, combines perfectly with my W&N colours.
So, get either some W&N or Cobra Artist oils and basic mediums and start enjoying!
I’ll attach a painting of mine as an example. I worked in about 6 layers, fat over lean and final glazes.
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i LOVE your work!!! It’s interesting to know that they are water mixable oils. Once the paint is dry is it still water soluable or does it become permanent? I am hoping to use traditional oils still but knowing you work in water mixable is opening me up to the ideaJanuary 15, 2018 at 9:08 am #13457
And yes, exactly the same, so after drying not soluble.
And forget the ‘traditional’ epitaph of working in oils, there’s some snobbery going round in the art world. I worked in different ‘traditional’ ways all claiming to be the most traditional haha! For instance tempera : used by great masters (Da Vinci to name just one), same minerals/pigments as in all paints, different medium to make the paint, application as always with brushes, no solvents involved, lovely result. Only reason it put me off was the very fast drying of the paint.
And yes, I have been at the receiving end of ‘you’re not real because you use a modern material’. They forget the above stated, that oil paint was a new and modern invention at some point …
So enjoy REAL traditional painting without all the rashes and migraines!January 15, 2018 at 9:38 am #13458
lol Marjan, yes there is a lot of snobbery going on in the art world…. which is something I love about this site – Matt’s no snob approach to teaching and everyone here’s matching no snob attitude : )
I didn’t wanna come right out and say it cause I was embarrassed – but I was hoping to stick with ‘traditional’ oils because I already bought the paints some time ago heehee.January 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm #13459
Ah yes, excellent reason to try and find a solution …
Having said that: I had invested in professional acrylic paints for I thought I would never be able to paint in oils because of the headaches. Then, a friend of mine came up with the water mixable oils and I just loved them! I thought not long but hard, and concluded that I loved the oils and the techniques I would be able to apply. So I decided to cut my losses and start afresh with the highest grade oils. Initially I used only 8 or 10 colours, so that wasn’t too dear. And I gave part of my acrylic mediums/paints to a friend, who thanked me by buying a few colours in oils. All’s well that ends well 😉
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