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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Oil painting - no solvents

Well, that was a revelation.  I've always used a little Turpentine or odourless mineral spirits of one kind or other in oil painting until recently.  Experimenting with none, I first of all produced a couple of rather dry looking paintings (though varnish will sort them out in due course). 

This one however doesn't look dry - I used a minimal quantity of Linseed Oil as medium, and nothing else at all.  Moreover, I didn't feel I needed anything else - so goodbye Liquin, Turpentine, Low Odour Spirits, Sansodor, and all the other things customarily mixed with oil paint to make it flow. 

And yes, Linseed Oil will tend to yellow somewhat, but the addition of solvents does nothing to counteract that anyway.

Apologies for it being a snow scene, when we'd hoped to have seen the last of it, though.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Oil painting without solvents

Right then - for a while now I've been telling people who don't like to use White Spirit, or Odourless Mineral Spirits, or Turpentine, that you don't HAVE to use solvents with your oil paint.  You can just use Linseed Oil, or, indeed, nothing at all.  No Liquin, no Oil Painting Medium, no Turps or Linseed.

In practice, doing without any oil or medium at all isn't easy when using brushes - though perfectly possible if employing a painting knife.  But what I didn't necessarily tell people was that I did tend to use a little bit of solvent, either to apply a colour wash to the painting board, or to clean brushes, or to make the paint more workable.

So - I've just started an oil painting in which I intend to use Linseed Oil, and possibly a little Stand Oil towards the end, but no Turps, no spirits, at all.  I know it can be done, it's just that I haven't really ever done it.  We shall see what transpires.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New page on Facebook

I now have a page on Facebook that will be devoted entirely to my artwork - no politics, no idle chat, no long, rambling moans...........

Robert Jones Isle of Wight Landscapes is its title, at least until I can think of something snappier.  My brain tends not to work in that way, at least when it comes to self-promotion. 

Anyway, take a shufti.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

In memory of Edward Gouge, PhD, 1947 - 2018

This has been a bad couple of months for all of us in the Isle of Wight Labour Party, as we lost our Secretary, Dr Ed Gouge, to a brain haemorrhage in January.  It temporarily destroyed my desire to paint anything.   Yesterday was his funeral - he is much missed.

This post is dedicated to him, and illustrated with the one painting I have completed this year, based on a photograph by another of our members, Mr Mick Lyons.   It depicts the change of season from summer to autumn at Priory Bay, Isle of Wight - it's an oil, 16" by 12".