There's been a recent shift in goals. About 2 weeks ago, we cleaned up the website and said good bye to digital art. That's right--- Good bye forever. We have been getting sadder and sadder in regards to the limits of Photoshop, and digital painting just didn't feel right. There was the problem that our digital art was superior to our traditional work-- but we decided that the one way to fix that was to paint every day.
The bane of oil painting everyday....
You know the smell. The turpenoid, the liquin, the varnish. In fact, it's a smell we've always liked walking into the room. That smell meant there was canvas nearby. But working in it everyday, we started to notice something.
We would walk into our studio and get tired-- get headaches-- even with the several ventilation options we had available to us. Suddenly our dream was crushed.. We couldn't be oil painters if it was going to kill us. But after a lot of research we came to a conclusion. An oil painter can paint without solvents.
Walnut Oil and Linseed Oil
That's all you need. No-- they don't even dry that slow. Folks--- you can EAT walnut oil, and clean your brushes with it too. With a method of dipping and dapping onto cloth, brushes come clean just as easy as they do with turpenoid or mineral spirits.
There's no smell at all. And the paintings look better too. We've literally managed to paint every day for hours on end without stopping because of this change. Worth it. So totally worth it. We just wanted to give a shout out here so that anyone we might know who may be interested knows.
Alot of people might think they dry a bit slow, but--- to be honest we painted pretty thick on the recent “Faun” portrait and it dried in 4 days. That's really not that long.
Back to painting now. Cheers!