|My Guy Steve, An oil study in progress,|
a person in progress too--just like the rest of us.
|Meanwhile the babies look pretty cool framed up with a liner,|
I don't know about the gold bead; I think without.
As for when to varnish, if to varnish, and this other thing I'd never heard of, oiling-out, I've decided to oil-out in three or four days. The different ratios of pigment to medium do make for an uneven surface. There's a settling down that occurs that needs to be brought up. I had watched a third video during lunch that intrigued me the most--since I thought I was done, but turns out not really.
The process of covering the whole canvas with a very thin layer of half oil medium and half mineral spirits to saturate the colors and even out the surface seems logical. The painting can then be varnished later--only with a clear varnish-- four months to a year to almost never if Alizarine crimson was used in abundance. Varnishing also saturates the colors and does one thing more protective thing: it deters dust. I think dust is something to deter. A Swifter, used regularly, couldn't possibly do good things to an oil painting. Watch this and tell me what you think. Right now, I thinking I should have used colored pencils? No chemistry to worry about there.