DaVinci Female


i am allergic to traditional solvents like turpentine, so i have to use water mixable oil paints – right now i am using Windsor & Newton’s Artisan series. i have used Reeves’ water mixable oil colors, but although they are cheaper than W&N and vastly cheaper than Holbein, i also find that the fluidity of the colors are lacking – i.e i need to use more medium to get a consistency and texture i can work with. also i feel that the pigment/tinting is not as good as in W&N.

Color Chart


i use water mixable linseed oil,  water mixable thinner and basic water mixable artis’ts medium (all from W&N) – what i do not use is water. yes it is cheap, plentiful and all that, but it tends to make the colors look ‘grey’, ‘listless’. water is good for cleaning the brushes, palette and rags with, but do not mix it into anything you want to put on a canvas.


… are very much about personal preferences, artistic style, and technique. personally i prefer to use synthetic filbert brushes. though some techniques (shummring) i use are done best with a traditional hog brush.


… are also very much about personal preferences. i will paint on anything that i can cover in a white acrylic base and place on my easel. if you feel that you want the canvas feel, but cannot afford a traditional canvas – a canvas covered cardboard is a good alternative. often artists’ shops will sell in packs of 10 on a discount if you buy the same size.

well i am running out of time here, so more on a later date – among other things – how to preserve specific colors i have mixed on my palette…


patience is not a virtue–it is a vice i do not have


so, here’s this art blog i insisted i wanted, right. ok, on to the blogging then. as the post title says, patience is not a virtue – it is a vice i do not have. that was one reason i was so reluctant to take up painting with oils – they take for ever to dry. the good thing with oils is that if i am dissatisfied with some part of or a whole painting, i can just refurbish the canvas with white regular indoor wall paint and have a new fresh canvas in a couple of hours. but – about the drying time. let’s say i am waiting for a painting in progress to dry out enough for me to add another layer of paint/details…? i just grab another canvas and start on a new painting. that way i can work on several paintings simultaneously. and satisfy my need to paint.

here is one i finished yesterday:


On the way Home – oil on wood, scratched with a knife. at first it was a board on which i had painted something in red, black and yellow, which i didn’t like, so i blended the colors, blotted out the brush strokes with tissue and let it dry. once it was dry i realized that i could use like a copper engraving plate. i like the effect. the technical skill might not be the best, and i sure need a better tool than a Stanley knife to do the scratching if i ever do something similar :D

here is a work in progress:


Shabbat – oil on canvased board. i worked from a photo-motif that i had set up intentionally for the purpose of painting it. with the use of old-fashioned carbon paper i transferred the outlines of the pertinent objects and details to the canvas. i filled in the background (the entire canvas) with a thin wash (lots of thinner :D) of burnt sienna, medium yellow and titanium white. i let it dry out and then i filled in the objects with a thicker (less thinner) coat of titanium white. i let it dry out. next i added outlines in a mix of ultramarine, phtalo blue and purple. i still have outlines to add, as you can see, but it gives me pleasure to move from painting to painting, adding layers, colors, details and just try out the materials and tools.