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Question asked 2019-08-25 22:36:29 ...
Most recent comment 2019-08-26 11:51:47
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
Answers and Comments
Simply put, yes waiting until the painting has dried, at
least initially, is a good idea. The paint, like you indicate, should dry
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