Between the oils I have from a class at OSU & Bob's Grandfather's paints that his mama gave me, I have tons of oil paints just waiting to be used. Lately I've been focusing on acrylics and watercolors since that's what classes I've been teaching & because they dry faster & brighter. But now I'm really craving a better quality of paint with more depth & I miss oils - I haven't used them in 2, maybe 3 years. Inspired by a more earthy toned pallet, I find myself eager to move through these deeper more natural tones with oil paints.
Today, it is common to mix the paints with Mineral Spirits, Linseed Oil and other chemically thinners & thickeners. Walnut oil is all natural and is what the great famous painters of the past used. Only recently we started to add all the fillers and toxins that are in popular store paints & mediums. Using these mediums is how I was taught in school, but I'm interested in starting to mix the paints with Walnut Oil instead of Linseed Oil. I found a great video today on a lady who put together a Natural Earth Pigment paint set. Been doing a lot of research on more natural materials.
I've got about a billion ideas, but am going to work through some experiments with the unfamiliar materials on small wooden tiles since I haven't worked with them in a while. They feel like butter when you paint with them and allow much more blending and manipulation of the paint. I'm really excited to work with these (and maybe get crazy & combine them with other panting mediums as well-gold leaf, watercolor, photo transfers?)
It was exciting to get these out!! And I'm so grateful for the paints that were his grandpas. It's super special & he really liked oils...these tubes are huge & theres even a full introductory oils set with a chart! Wow! :)
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy