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post #11 of Old 08-10-2016, 10:05 PM
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I'm totally new to oils after painting with acrylics for the last 10 months. I'm used to having a a couple of large jars of water to regularly clean my brushes. I recently bought M. Grahm oil paints that come with a small jar of walnut oil and walnut alkyd. Do I just slosh my brush in the jar until it's so polluted it's no longer useful? I don't think so.
I would use neither walnut oil nor walnut alkyd as a solvent. They are mediums. I use Odorless mineral spirits. I have a couple of jars. I put some mineral spirits in one jar and use it....when I'm done I let it sit over night...the solvent will separate from the paint....the paint will be on the bottom...I pour the clear solvent from the jar to the other jar and wipe out the paint from the jar with a paper towel. That way your mineral spirits will last a very long time. They also sell medal containers specifically to hold your solvent if you are incline to spend the money.



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Thanks Terry. That clears things up for me.
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Oil painting is giving trouble, it's like starting over. I think it's my own fault for starting with a difficult subject. My daughters paInting looks like a cartoon. Ugh. I think I need some grey or black to dull down the colors.

I decided to rework some of my acrylics that I wasn't totally satisfied or finished with. What a joy it is to paint clouds and rocks and other non linear things.

PaInting Inside the lines doesn't work for me with oil. I'm constantly dragging unwanted paint. Guess I have to learn to let it dry.
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I decided to update my wine and paint night acrylic using oils. What do you think? Old followed by new.

I plan to continue painting this so any advice you guys have would be appreciated. I wan to put a little sailboat somewhere but I'm afraid of screwing it up. That's a terrible way to think don't you think?
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Oil painting is giving trouble, it's like starting over. I think it's my own fault for starting with a difficult subject. My daughters paInting looks like a cartoon. Ugh. I think I need some grey or black to dull down the colors.

I decided to rework some of my acrylics that I wasn't totally satisfied or finished with. What a joy it is to paint clouds and rocks and other non linear things.

PaInting Inside the lines doesn't work for me with oil. I'm constantly dragging unwanted paint. Guess I have to learn to let it dry.
Yeah I never do wet on wet any more unless I want to blend colors.

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I decided to update my wine and paint night acrylic using oils. What do you think? Old followed by new.

I plan to continue painting this so any advice you guys have would be appreciated. I wan to put a little sailboat somewhere but I'm afraid of screwing it up. That's a terrible way to think don't you think?
I think the do-over of your landscape looks a lot better. The waves are better, and the rocks are better, the tree is better and the sky is better, and I like that it is lighter.

I understand the fear of ruining it while adding something to it. If you wait until it is completely dry you can paint on the sail boat and if you don't like it you can wipe it off.



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Thanks Terry. That's what I'll do, wait a week or so before trying the dreaded boat.
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Judging from what I see here, you are going to feel right at home with oils very soon!

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Don't know if I really like oil painting. I'm so used to acrylics and dryIng with a hair dryer to move along. I will have to make a decision before buying any more that's for sure. Anyway, I'll keep trying for a while. An awful lot of people like them.

Here's another layer of paint. It's pretty thick so ill have to give it a couple of days before adding another layer. What do you think, improvement?
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Hi Dick. Your painting is really good although I'm not too sure about those clouds. The point I'd like to comment on is distance. Your sea is great inshore, but it needs to be less rolling as it goes away towards the horizon. Hope this very rough sketch shows what I mean. The water would be smoother and lighter coloured in the bright sunlight on the horizon becoming darker as it hits the shoreline. The reflections of the sun would also be small in the distance becoming more widespread as they approach the viewer. I really hope this isn't confusing and you don't mind the comment.

PS. Your second version almost had it right...

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I appreciate your comments very much. Can't believe I got the reflection backwards but that just shows what a newbie I am. I'm not sure where I'm going with this at all but I am having fun. Ill keep adding paint until I like it.
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