I’ve never used a medium to thicken oils before (I know, I know, should be trying wax). But they make me a bit nervous. I worry, in a slightly hand-wringing way, that I’ll get it all pear shaped and crazy crazy crazing will erupt… worse still… after it’s left the studio. My textures in the past have just been oils with drying mediums in them and then they sit and dry… for some time.
So, recently I bought some impasto medium (Langridge) with a drying medium in it and it’s quite interesting to use and perfect for this new commission that I’d like to complete in less than a decade. Sadly, it does seem to dry on the top after you’ve opened the jar, so it feels like I had to waste a bit from the jar on the 2nd use but I was really impressed with how quickly it feels dry. But I still cautiously go pretty ‘fat’ when I’m painting over the textured areas as the reality is that it’s not fully dried. (hand wringing)
I bit of preparatory sketching has happened, drawing on old images and sketches from a time amongst some spotted gums at Bundanon, phew, 8 years ago. And somewhere in there will be some references to Sydney Blue Gums as the Commissioners are from that lovely part of the world.
It’s another nice big piece and should keep me out of trouble for a while, except when I’m in trouble on the actual painting! I expect that’s when I’ll face the print filing. More gouache sketching to happen too as my first few were terribly unbrave and awkward.