Painting with Oils Makes me sick but …

May 18th painting using interactive acrylics about 4 x 5 feet. click on painting to see detail

My sinuses and oils are not friends. I read this from a blogger in Namibia AfricaSILKEBERENS art, life, and africa.

In my studio I have a note scrawled on a piece of paper tacked up on my wall. Oils make me sick. Every time I painted my nose would run. I knew the solvents were toxic. Oh, but I loved to paint with oils. They were so buttery. Acrylic was so hard, so plastic. It’s was just not me.

Well, I have discovered a new love. Interactive acrylics by Chroma.

  • you can  reblend and rework all day.
  • a week later you can erase the paint or soften it in order to blend colors with new paint.
  • there is no plastic look or feel.
  •  Paint dries satin, not plastic looking.
  • I can control the drying process.
  • The paints are water soluble – not toxic.
  • http://www.chromaonline.com/products/atelier_interactive

11 thoughts on “Painting with Oils Makes me sick but …

    • Hi Terry. Thank you. I appreciate your comments. Going off and painting for 10 days was good for me. I’ll do some smaller pieces also,the idea I picked up from you and Andy. I like this trend which I see here in America, too. The small pieces. Sometimes, artist’s stray away from their usual work and try new ideas. And then show them at the same time.

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  2. Hi Carla, I like the painting a lot. and thanks for the link to Chroma Interactive. I really get why they are a good thing …. though in my own work I have come to want that plastic sheen (though not too much) and the paint can’t dry quick enough for me. I love that I have to be really quick or the paint will be dry and I wont be able to carry on. Only after years of hating that!

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    • Hi Andy
      Yes, I can see that in your work. I was going to suggest going outside and painting in the sun for fast drying but, seeing a photo my daughter sent from England today, the rain will not help you.LOL

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      • …and guess what? it’s raining today, with another four days of rain forecast. I like reading those “taking photos of paintings” articles that suggest you photograph them outdoors in natural light. That’s a lot of photography on the 10 good-weather days per year!

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  3. Yes, I can see that in your work. I was going to suggest going outside and painting in the sun for fast drying but, seeing a photo my daughter sent from England today, the rain will not help you.LOL

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  4. This painting is fiery I love it! Makes me think of the fire that would usually be going on in your sinuses while painting, happy you’ve found an alternative!

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