Open jars, the smell of turpentine and modern drying mediums used to be a routine part of painting, but things are about to change.
I’m planning to end my use of solvents and turpentine in my arts practice .
Walnut, linseed and sunflower oil will become my go-to mediums and brush cleaning agents, along with other natural oil products I’m investigating.
Of course there’s always going to be some paint pigments I like to use that require extra care around the palette, but I’m fine with that.
I’ll need to make a few little adjustments and get used to a new routine, but in the long run I really want to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals.
In short, I have much to learn about this amazing medium and want to be around for many more years enjoying painting, looking after the environment more and in some respects mixing oil paint in a more traditional manner not unlike artists from centuries past.
Which reminds me, I am making some other related and exciting changes in practice (well at least to me) but more on that soon.
So, to new beginnings and old jokes.. like when is a jar not a jar?