Acrylics on linen on panel
Day 16 of
30 Paintings in 30 Days
Hmmm....this painting was done in acrylics and I've been working on it off and on during this challenge....
I usually paint in oil and the other week I was so excited to get started I didn't even turn my fan on. Well, what happened was that I developed a cough. I believe, after inhaling too much of the mineral spirits. So needless to say, after that I found a way to open the big windows in my studio (which is in a class room in an old elementary school). I also have a fan blowing on me and crossing my palette to blow the fumes away from me and keeping the air ventilated. I've been reading up on alternatives to mineral spirits because I think that even though Gamsol is safer than Turpentine, it still affects me.
One would think that it would be so much easier if I could just work in Acrylics? Well, one would think, yes.
But, after sort of fighting with this painting for more than a week, which is not because I had problems with the composition or subject matter so much, but simply because I felt like I was fighting paint drying too quickly, not being able to mix the colors to get the colors I wanted and also not being able to manipulate the paint to do what I wanted it to do. I'm giving it up:-)
Unless I can figure out a different way to work with acrylics (Golden Open Acrylics) I'm sticking to oils.
I might even try painting this painting again with oils to compare.
Has anyone else had this experience with mineral spirits? Or has anyone figured out a better alternative?