Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Water soluble oil painting limits



About 12 years ago I tried water soluble oils as suggested by Rain for being easier to use on outdoor excursions.  One of the disadvantages was  grainy results when diluted for transparent watercolor effects. Now there is a medium that can be mixed for glazing.  The above painting illustrates another limitation. Thick paint develops a skim dry to the touch but remains liquid underneath for years. Just last year finally this painting dried and did not smell like fresh oil paint. Unfortunately I like to combine thin washes and thick paint. But I should never the less try water soluble oil paints again.

5 comments:

Rain Trueax said...

There are several brands of them. Mine have dried and I have them on the walls down here and in Oregon. I don't though layer on the paint as I like to see brush strokes but not too much texture where it distracts from the subject. Your paintings that i have are generally not heavy except one of a vase of flowers

Diane Widler Wenzel said...

The brand of paint I was using was Grumbacker. What do you recommend, Rain? I'll try again. Usually i don't paint as thick as I did with the water soluble oils. I sure liked the painting despite the long years i couldn't tolerate the smell.

Rain Trueax said...

I will have to look at what I have but they're not in the house here. I think Winsor & Newton was one of them that I liked

Diane Widler Wenzel said...

Thank you Rain. I'll order Windsor& Newton.

Rain Trueax said...

Blick has them and there are different levels of the paints. The more expensive ones have better color options and quality. I don't know if that's so but look at the possibilities in the catalog. There might be new companies now too as it's been a while since I bought any.