I would recommend mixing a small quantity (5%) of Stand Linseed Oil with Liquin when your painting is going to have rich dark shadows. Even after a few days the dark colours are almost dry without any dull matt finish, normally associated with using Liquin on its own. I will ‘oil out’ the painting anyway in a few days to protect the Liquin from any future varnishing.
Unusually, at this stage the painting is glowing which usually only happens after the ‘oiling out’ process and I would have to attribute this to the oil in the medium. I am aware that one of the downsides of using Liquin is a certain ‘dulling’ of colours when compared to Linseed Oil paintings. The vibrance of this painting does seem to corroborate this view. The lack of ‘greasiness’ in the handling of the paint was also there which is an advantage of using Liquin. This medium mix seems to be the best of both worlds.
Here is the video of the painting process which took about 2 hours to complete. There is more info on the painting in previous post.
My name is Isaac Spalter, I am from Israel, I received your comment on my blog (http://ilandscapega.wordpress.com), and got a link to this interesting blog.
Though we represent 2 different approaches – you painting from imagination, me painting from observation (a la prima) – we do have in common: the subject of landscape, the thrieve to paint fast and get the immediate feeling and to catch the light and atmosphere.
I understans that you are from Ireland, a country I haven’t visited yet – and the colors and light there are shown on your paintings. Personnaly I like the simplest ones, where you have a clear statement without fiddling with to much details.
If you want you can write to me at email@example.com – and we can start an interesting discussion on art.
Thanks for your comment,
Thank you Isaac for your comment. I see from your blog the weather really does allow you to paint from observation. I have to observe as quickly as I can and return indoors to paint. For example, it is the month of May (Summer??) and I have had to scrape the ice off the car, to drive tonight. When the weather gets milder it will be raining. The climate dictates the method of painting. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion. Thanks again.