Liquid oil paint technique


Note the 'blobs' of paint

In a recent post I mentioned oil painting with washes of liquid paint as opposed to solid paint. The above painting was painted with washes of colour – loads of solvent and very little media. Its more like drawing with ink than traditional oil painting.

The cons: Colour is flat. The richness associated with oil paint is not there. The brush strokes are ‘blobs’ and not textured strokes. The picture is drawn with paint, which means your drawing ability must be ‘spot on’.
The pros: Fast painting. The application of the paint is in swift flooding strokes. The technique allows dark and light colours to be applied at all stages of the painting. Normally the shadows are painted first in transparent darks and the mid tones and highlights applied later. This is very much applied in Still Life.

I have a time lapse video of the above painting which I will post soon.


'Flat' colours


4 thoughts on “Liquid oil paint technique

  1. Pingback: Kilmoroney – time lapse oil painting « PictureS

  2. I was an oil painter but because of health issues I have decided not to use the toxic solvents. I am trying acrylic but I really don’t like the plastic look.Thank you for checking out my blog. WOW you really checked it out. It was fun to go back and see what you liked.

    • Carla, oils are not as dangerous as they used to be. There are ‘odourless’ solvents for those allergic to petroleum or turpentine solvents. There are also water soluble ‘oils’ which my daughter uses as she has little ones and doesn’t like solvents in their space. She says they are very similar to traditional oils with water as the solvent (also easy to clean brushes in water).
      I course I checked out your blog, very interesting stuff there.

      • I was just going to look into the water soluble ones. I don’t think the pigment is toxic unless you eat it. The days of painting white with our hands and smoking at the same time are over. That was a long time ago. Oils are so buttery. And I love the smell of oils. Your technique shows many hours of past work and love to get to where you are now. Thank you for your reply. I’ll try the new oils.

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