Hi Darrell,I have purchased your set of 10 DVDâ€™s and having watched 6 of them already I am really excited about commencing painting. My husband bought me a set of waterbased oil paints as I have had respiratory problems in the past. Can I still use your painting method with these? A couple of questions: What medium do I use for wet on wet painting and what do I use instead of liquid white. I have a lot of acrylic paints which I have been using for decorative art . Is there any method I can use acrylic for landscaping so that it doesnâ€™t look static and two dimensional. Your painting comes alive and I canâ€™t wait to get started. I really look forward to your reply. Yours in anticipation,
June, Goonellabah. NSW Australia
June,Iâ€™m sorry to hear that you have respiratory problems. I have diabetes which sometimes causes respiratory problems with me so I well imagine some of the things you must be going through.
I explored the use of acrylics and water-based oils to find something for me which would paint exactly like traditional oils but without the problems. Iâ€™ve also found that many of my students live in apartments, rooms, and motor homes where ventilation is not that good. So I had a dual purpose in looking for a good substitute.Water-based oils, or rather water-soluble oils, or water-mixable oils work very well with this technique.
In fact, there is no difference, aside from the medium.I put together a DVD, Adapting the Basic Techniques of Oil Painting to Water-Miscible Oils to show just easy the technique adapts.
What you primarily learn in this video is the use of new mediums. And clean-up is much easier. I just absolutely love, love, love this medium.
When I travel, this is the set of paints I like to carry with me.
When I go plein-aire painting in my own territory, these are the paints I take along. The traditional oils are just too messy for outdoor use. The water mixable oils, travel well.
About the mediums. There are mediums prepared especially for water-mixable oils and then, of course, one can use plain old water. Iâ€™ve used both extensively and have found that I like the water.
The water has worked superb for landscapes, seascapes, florals and tall ships.
I havnâ€™t tried them with either portraits or pet portraits. Primarily because I havnâ€™t seen a good fast drying or lean medium for water-mixable oils.
One change Iâ€™ve been doing lately is when Iâ€™d normally use medium white or Magic White as a medium Iâ€™d mix the water with a bit of white paint and then spread it over the canvas and then paint as Iâ€™d normally would with oils.
Recently, Iâ€™ve simply been wetting the canvas with water, then mixing the exact sky color I wanted, painting it on the canvas, and so forth. Essentially putting the white into the paints and not so much on the canvas. This is having the same effect and took a little getting use to.
But for you, simply put the water on mixed with a little white paint and just follow along with the DVD and youâ€™ll have amazing results..
I actually like a brand of acrylics from an Australian company, Chroma. They make a brand of acrylics called Atelier and their acrylic mediums is second to none.. Great stuff. My advice is to learn to paint with the water-mixable oils and once youâ€™re proficient and happy with the results, start playing around with acrylics. The name of the game is always â€¦. Practice, practice, practice.
Once you learn to paint with oils, youâ€™re essentially learning to paint with acrylics. The skills and techniques are very, very transferable. And thatâ€™s easily seen in my DVD, Adapting the Basic Techniques of Oil Painting to Acrylics.
June, keep up the good work and let me know how you make out.