Duck Pond – Oil Painting

Duck Pond

Last post I was discussing the difficulty I have using Linseed Oil. This may be a problem of my own making relating to the method I employ in painting. Firstly, I am an Alla Prima painter. Secondly, I spend a lot of time manipulating the paint on the canvas. I put a layer of solvent only paint on the canvas and allow the solvent to evaporate, sometimes with the help of a hair dryer. This can be a little dangerous as the solvent is flammable and electrical equipment can cause sparks. Subsequent layers of wet paint mix with this under layer and later layers of paint. The whole process depends on the compatibility of colours and especially the flow characteristics of the medium. This is why I avoid Oils as a medium while I continue to use this technique.

The last painting had 50/50 Stand Linseed Oil and Liquin. I felt the handling was more difficult because of the oil in the medium. This painting has Liquin only and there are several heavy layers of paint, wet on wet. I pushed the technique to the limit and the handling was OK. A consequence of using Liquin is faster painting and a bonus is faster drying time. The down side of Liquin is discussed here.

The scene is partial memory and mostly imagination. Duck ponds were part of every farm yard in former times. A deep pond was a safe place for farmyard ducks especially at night when the fox was doing his rounds. The colours are: Burnt Sienna & Raw Umber (red), Yellow Ochre (yellow) and French Ultramarine (blue). Also Viridian Green, black and white. Check previous post on colours, which are almost the same as these, especially concerning Viridian.

Here is the video of the painting process. Remember its 720HD and can be viewed as a larger picture (see here about YouTube settings).