|Mary Kemp. One Brother, Two Sisters on the Beach.|
oil on canvas panel 30 x 40 cms.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Drying Time of Oil Paints
I use oil paints mostly, mixed sometimes with alkyd paint, and sometimes I use resin like liquin and of course turps to mix. These things speed up the drying time of oil paints, but somehow there is nothing like the smooth sumptuousness of artist quality oil paint straight from the tube.
Of course this is all very well until it comes to drying time. There are a few colours that take ages to dry and the white I use most of, titanium white is one of them. Also Naples yellow. This picture I completed well before Christmas and it's still not dry. I slapped the paint on freely and quickly. It has also been in my studio over the holiday period and it's pretty chilly there so that won't have helped.