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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Lovecraft Show: Oil

Lovecraft in Innsmouth
9 x 12
Oil on Panel


  1. Was the entire piece done with Holbein Duo or just the underpainting? Do you use their mediums as well or just use water for your solvent/medium?

  2. I've been enjoying following the progress of this painting! Absolutely fantastic finished piece. :D

  3. I love how this piece turned out. It was cool to watch the progression.

  4. Hi John,
    The underpainting alone was done in Duo. I use it because they generally dry in 24 hours if you've used Raw or Burnt Umber in the paint. However, since I don't really need the color sections to dry as fast, I use traditional oils for that.

    I am not a fan of Holbien's Duo mediums or solvents as they either slow down the drying too much, or make it so that it literally dries (or becomes too sticky) in 5 minutes. I can't seem to find a satisfactory balance with them, so I just use water as my solvent.

  5. Nice painting. Fun and quirky. The manganese blue of the fish-faced aristocrat makes it perfect.

    Years ago a friend told me to try water solvent oils. I bought several tubes of W&W Artisan colors. It was awful. When thinned with water it went pasty and handled like powder. I usually like a medium that has a character of its own but this stuff seemed to suck character out of the paint. I have a couple dozen tubes of this stuff I can't give away.