Originally Posted by lithophotos
I am planning a trip in the new year to India and want to take oil paints. I did not want to rely on being able to buy solvents, so have invested in a few Holbein Duos. I like to paint ala prima, with a turpsy wash first before laying on colour with the aid of an alkyd medium. I guess I can use water for the 'turpsy' washes, but can you reccomment an alkyd medium. I am a bit confused by all the posts about walnut oil so some guidance would be really helpful. I also note the the duo alkyds say that drying can take place in 30mins or less, which seems much too quick.
I would be grateful for any help/ advice in this and other suggestions for painting in hot climates.
with all good wishes
I would not recommend using an alkyd medium for a wash.
What I would do is a wash with water and acrylics, on top of that I would do a block in with with water and acrylics. These will dry very quickly. I would then finish the painting with the Water Soluable oil............You will have an oil painting with no problems. I use watersoluable Linseed oil or Walnut oil to thin my paint. I only use water for clean up............Dorian : ))