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    Question asked 2019-08-25 22:36:29 ... Most recent comment 2019-08-26 11:51:47
    Oil Paint

    ​Hi all,

    This question possibly should have have put thru the 'post user comment' function on a previous post of mine dated 2019.8.06, titled: Painting into wet oil paint., but I don't know if it would have been spotted and answered, so I have put it here. Appreciate your advice on what is the best way to go about this.

    Anyway, after carefully re-reading the moderator comments I still have a little doubt concerning my latest portrait project and would appreciate your advice again:

    About 2 weeks ago I did a very thin underpainting in traditional oils straight from the tube, onto an acrylic gesso primed canvas (only professional quality name-brand oils/canvas used. As the canvas was triple-primed by the manufacturer I did not add any more gesso). No solvents or mediums. When I touch it, it is very slightly tacky and rubbing a tissue on the painted area (burnt sienna PB7/PR101) produced a very slight stain on the paper. Both these effects were only very slight.

    I have been painting for some years and in the past have used an OMS thinned wash for initial underpainting, which dries fairly quickly. I am trying to avoid using solvents now, just paste paint.

    I have tried the 'fingernail indent' test but the paint is so thin that I couldn't make much of this test.

    Should I wait until the painting is completely dry to the touch before applying a further layer? I have never been so exacting before, but now are producing paintings for others so want to avoid any issues down the track. 

    Many thanks again

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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    Simply put, yes waiting until the painting has dried, at least initially, is a good idea. The paint, like you indicate, should dry relatively quickly.

    Brian Baade
    2019-08-26 11:51:47
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    thanks again for your advice.

    2019-08-26 19:20:13

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