In this photo you can see that I made a great deal of progress over the last 2 days working in oils. The paint is at that tacky point where I have to let everything dry fully before going back in to add more. There is still a ton of work to be done on the clouds, but it’s a satisfying start overall. I wanted to work wet in wet so I spent a very long session at work.
Lately I have been experimenting with a “slow-dry” medium I mixed to extend the drying time of the oils. It works really well for portraits and still-life pieces, but I am still not too sure about trying it on landscapes, since I often spend time impatiently watching paint dry – yes that’s a real thing (apparently).
I will add in some texture in the water and some elements of interest – perhaps a boat near the dock. There is also quite a bit of work to do on the dock itself, which I can do while waiting for the rest to dry.
For those interested in the slow-dry medium, here are the ingredients used;
odorless mineral spirits
linseed stand oil
refined linseed oil
oil of cloves
Shoot me an email and I can send you the formulation.
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Here is the finished piece, photographed outdoors.
I went back and did quite a bit of work on the clouds. I was not really satisfied with them as of the last sitting, but I couldn’t do anything about it until everything was dry. I pretty much worked all of the cloud areas to brighten and create highlights.
Obviously, I finished the dock and added some detail elements in the water. I am very happy with the way this turned out. It is already hanging in my family room – hope the dumb kitty doesn’t notice it, because it’s still wet!
This piece is in the online Gallery now and is available for purchase.