more about oil painting
how to start painting on canvas?
Ready-made stretched canvases from the art stores are primed with gesso. The gesso keeps the paint from sinking into the cloth canvas. Panels are also primed with several coats of gesso.
Normally I start an oil painting by putting a line drawing on the canvas with thinned paint.
I use odorless mineral spirits to thin my paint. Gamsol made by Gamblin is considered the best for studio painting.
This time I did the drawing on paper first. Then I transferred it to the canvas with graphite paper.
how long does it take an oil painting to dry?
Oil paintings may take a few day, up to a week or two (depending on the weather) to dry for safe handling. It may take months
for an oil painting to thoroughly dry.
Alkyd paints dry overnight or 24 hours at the most.
Alkyds are made with the same pigments as oil paints. The pigments are carried by an alkyd resin instead of oils.
Alkyds handle and look exactly like oil paints. If nobody told you, you wouldn't know the difference.
I have enjoyed using Alkyd Paints since the 1980s.
how do you use oil paints?
Various oil colors dry at different rates and with a different sheen to the dry paint. Artists use many different oil painting mediums to make the paint flow and/or to speed up the drying time.
All this is unnecessary with alkyd paints. Alkyds have a good painting consistency out of the tube. I use them straight out of the tube without adding any mediums.
All you need is the paint and some odorless mineral spirits to wash your brushes.
This greatly simplifies learning how to do oil painting.