VENETIAN TURPENTINE INTO YOUR OIL MEDIUM

Recently I added some Venice Turpentine into my standard oil paint medium. The effect was unmistakable. Brush strokes where getting smooth, the paint surface became a sort of mat silky, colours where blending better and after drying appeared as a sort of pearl shell.

Actually it was a long way of “try & error”. During 1 ½ year I tries out several supports (wood, canvas), several grounds (Gesso, glue based, coating) and several medium recipe’s. I wasn’t to happy with my “lean-to-fat’ medium series. Basically I mix Portuguese Gum Turpentine + Rectified Bleached Linseed Oil + Stand oil + Dammar Varnish. The leanest has a ratio of 10-2-0-0, the fattest a ratio of 6-0-2-2. During a painting day the oil paint slowly dried out and became that sticky that it was not maneuverable anymore. Finally I found some answers in Max Doerner’s The Materials of the Artist and Their use in Painting (first edition 1977). Now I add just a tiny bit of Venetian Turpentine into the fattest medium. What are your experiences?

Detail clouds using medium with some Venetian Turpentine

Detail clouds using medium with some Venetian Turpentine

Detail clouds using medium with some Venetian Turpentine