April Skies

April Skies

Sunshine and showers, April is here.

This painting uses only 3 colours (Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue) plus black and white. There is no medium used, only White Spirits. The size is 16.5″ x 12″ and was painted in a single ‘wet on wet’ session of about 2 hours.

I am using a mixture of traditional artists oil paints and Alkyd quick drying paints. The white and black are Alkyd paints. Traditional oils are used when the required colour is not available in the Alkyd range. For example: Cadmium Yellow is not available in the Alkyd range, except as Cadmium Yellow Hue, so I use the standard oil version.

Mixing these two paint types in multi-session painting is only recommended if the Alkyd colours are used in the under layers and allowed to dry – which suits most painters. However, Alkyds or Liquin on top of standard oils will dry fast and retard the drying of standard paint underneath.

‘Wet on wet’ single session well mixed paints produce a homogenous layer which dries evenly and fast, in under 24 hours. My lack of medium dries very matt and dull but I can ‘oil out’ after the initial 24 hours drying.

Here is the painting video. To view in realtime change setting to .25. Quality can also be set up to 1080HD.