Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Oil Paint? Have You Got A Couple of Extra-Strength Aspirins?
I was on break from Baby and wanted to do something different, something colorful. I had a canvas that I had used to experiment with some water soluble oil paints; so I pulled it out along with the reference photos and went to work. If you look closely at this crude beginning, you can see the eyes and some lines from the first painting in the little girl's face. She still needs a lot of work. But my nose was stuffing up and my head was starting to ache.
Even though I had an odorless solvent, my objection to oil paint after an hour of use remained the same: They give me a throbbing sinus/allergy headache. They stink. I used to think it was the turpentine, but it's the paint too. Too bad. The finish is beautiful. I didn't build up much coverage, but I did correct the previous drawing to a point so should I get the appropriate brushes and tackle this little portrait again, I'll be closer to a likeness. Meanwhile the painting is back on a shelf drying--however long that's going to take?
Thinking about why I chose to take the chance of getting ill, I concluded: I see Le Nourrisson, (the infant),(nice title. better than Baby),done in oils. The obscure line between the two needs smear.
I checked this trial painting before I sat down here with my coffee this morning and the darks picked up--I used the odorless solvent as the thinning medium making me think old fashioned turpentine may have been a faster drying agent? No way. Acrylics first. Oils where needed.