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    Question asked 2017-10-11 21:18:05 ... Most recent comment 2017-10-12 21:52:33
    Grounds / Priming Oil Paint Studio Tools and Tips

    ​🍁 Fall Greetings, MITRA folks ~ Can you tell me if there is any technical reason to NOT paint light-to-dark in thin layers of oil with an alkyd walnut medium over a thin Titanium White (no Zinc) first layer on the acrylic gessoed surface? 'Durable' is my concern. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. 🍂

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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    As long as the paint is not excessively diluted and the colors carry the highest lightfastness rating, I don't see a problem with the approach you describe. Less lightfast pigments like Alizarin Crimson ​can be subject to fading from UV light exposure when applied very thinly over a white ground. In terms of the overall pictorial effect, the finished work might look generally a little dark if you don't leave some pristine white passages, so it might be to your advantage to establish the strongest value contrasts early and "key" the painting to that relationship.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2017-10-12 20:33:33
  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser Comment

    ​Thank you for your perspective, Matthew...I will ponder this helpful and positive feedback. Best, Susan

    2017-10-12 21:52:33

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