The photo above does not do justice to the brilliance of the colours in this painting. The paints used are exactly the same as used in previous paintings (Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Prussian and Cerulean Blues, Raw Umber and Black and white) but the difference is I did NOT use Liquin. I have heard other painters saying they thought Liquin tended to dull the colours. Maybe its the particular scene, but these colours are glowing. Its years since I used Linseed Oil on its own but after a few minutes using it, I remembered why I began to introduce Liquin into the medium. The oil is ‘greasy’. It slips and slides all over the place. Placing a layer on top of a wet layer containing oil is nearly impossible. As you will see in the video (next post), trying to get a layer of ‘rust’ red onto the roof of the shed was like trying to butter hot toast.
I also used a painting knife quite a lot in this painting. It helped with the difficult handling due to the Linseed Oil. I would still recommend Liquin for beginners. The ease of use counteracts the ‘possible’ dulling of the colours. Further to this, I dug out a painting I did a few months ago which was a ‘Liquin only’ painting and needed to be ‘oiled out‘. I ‘oiled out’ this painting with a mixture of Linseed Oil and White Spirits (50/50). The colours were more brilliant, after the oiling with this mixture, than they would have been using Liquin. This is the recommended practice before varnishing but it will take weeks to dry and months for this to be ready for varnishing. For me, it might be worth it.
Check back in a couple of days for more on this painting and the time-lapse video of the process.
What a gorgeous painting! Also, it was so nice coming home to your greeting cards in my mailbox! Now I have a few Rainsford’s of my own!!! (and a few to share!) Thank you!
I’m off to the U.K. for a week so am going to have to wait to see the struggle. I think linseed oil can dry quicker with a few drops of Secatif but I don’t know what the English equivalent is.
I really like Turf Cutters. Pity about losing some of the brilliance of the colours. If you solve that one please post how…
I enjoyed the history related to this painting, & appreciate your sharing your experience with using linseed oil only. I’ve found Liquin easier to use as well—although I kind of like the smell of linseed oil. 🙂