I have been painting with acrylics for the last three years and always had a hard time with clouds and water.......also of the paint darkening too much. So  I had some oil paints I bought on a whim a year ago, I tried them and didn't like the drying time so I put them back in the box. Today I was sick of trying to do the clouds and water on a painting and remembered that oil blends easier...........so I took them out and whoa..........I did a painting in an hour of sky and water.........super blending. Mind you it is just sky and water. However it totally changed my mind about oils. So the next time I go to Micheal's I will be buying more of these paints!

I would previously spend two or three days doing water and clouds on one painting and this is going to be much easier although it will take longer to dry and I have to be careful as I can't touch them like the acrylics.. I love the acrylics but I have to have a better finish than I have been getting and so for the next while I am going to use oils. Even though I have loads of acrylics but I will use them for blocking.........

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Comment by Ev McTaggart on January 18, 2014 at 10:34pm

Have you tried retardants in your acrylics?

Comment by Sylvia on January 18, 2014 at 11:20pm

Actually Ev I found one last week that works good for me so now I will be trying a water painting this week. the one I found is one from Micheals artist loft brand and it works better for me than the liquidex brand of which I was using up till now. Much smoother in the paint. However I still like the easy blending of the oils. So whichever one works after this painting is what I will use for Oceanscapes.

Comment by Ev McTaggart on January 19, 2014 at 1:56am

I use Liquitex. It keeps the acrylic wet a little longer, but nothing like oils, of course.

Comment by Sylvia on January 19, 2014 at 3:13am

The Artist lofts brand is creamy and doesn't seem to dry as quickly as the Liquidex any way this week I will do that painting and see how it goes......

Comment by Ev McTaggart on January 19, 2014 at 5:31pm

Tell us! Tell us!

Comment by Michael Beckett on February 1, 2014 at 8:11pm

have you tried mixing soft gel with your paint? you can make creamy paint this way and can get nice 'juicy' strokes ... and it slows drying time. you can add retardant as well.


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