My Big Problem With Oil Painting

oil on acrylic, work in progress, ocean, beach,shore, waves, surf sunrise
oil painting; interrupted….


Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at oil paintings.  I have nothing but awe and respect for the traditional masters and devotees of this venerable medium.  My big problem with oil painting has several components, which, taken together, make oil painting an activity that I need to avoid.

  • they dry too slowly
  • they require flammable solvents
  • they fill the air with toxic fumes

I paint fast and loose and I make dramatic changes as I paint, so I want a medium that will allow me to rework trouble spots immediately. I also am extremely sensitive to the fumes emitted by these paints and become disoriented and uneasy after a couple of hours in a room with wet oil paint.  Probably has something to do with my wasted youth;p I recently tried painting with walnut oil paints, but even with NO thinner or extra solvents open, the walnut oil paints themselves contain something that set me off, so no more of that…in the studio.

I still may attempt to do some en plein aire using oils, as that will at least address the issue of working with this medium in a confined space.  As far as the drying time…..I may just have to slow down and spend more time looking than painting….we’ll just have to wait and see!




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