Daler-Rowney Water Mixable Oils
by Denise Allen, SAA Professional Artist
I am excited by painting, and love trying out new things. I have been painting with oils for a long time. I love the creaminess of the paint, and the way they blend and mix. As I love to experiment, there are some things I would like to do, but can’t with traditional oils. For example, it would be very dangerous to inhale turps spray, so I can’t spray turps on my painting to make runs and drips.
Then I was introduced to the new and gorgeous Georgian Water Mixable Oils from Daler-Rowney. They are a fabulous quality oil paint, but are mixable with water rather than thinners.
This made it the perfect time for a play.
I started with a coloured ground on Daler-Rowney Georgian Oil Painting paper. I blocked the landscape in with a diluted mix of the paint.
Then I added more layers of thicker paint. I was still spraying with water, and scratching into the paint with a palette knife and sticks. I am only using the starter set of colours here, but the range of colours is more than enough for everything I need.
I continue to build the picture from the distance to the foreground. I found this to be a lovely paint to work with. I was tempted to leave the painting here. I like the half finished look, but decided to continue.
I was building the texture of the paint as I painted the grasses in the fields of the foreground. I was also painting in brighter colours. I was still scraping into the paint with my palette knife, and some bamboo sticks.
Here is the finished painting. I love the soft colours and the textures this paint has allowed me to create.
Some close ups of the finished painting. I hope you can see the textures and fun I had in creating this painting.
The Daler-Rowney Georgian Water Mixable Oil will allow you to paint as you would with any other high quality oil paint, but will also allow you to be more creative.
At the end of your painting session, give your brushes a final clean in turps, or a good clean with water and a brush cleaner.
There are 2 short videos of this painting. The first is the steps of the painting from stills. It is only 1 minute 15 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIbYzSKb2FA
The second is in more detail, with some chat. This one is 14 minutes 30 seconds and is at http://youtu.be/Vcfzo0NdZpQ