Tuesday, March 9th, 2010...10:50 pm
so on friday a representative from windsor newton (the paint company) came to talk to us. i don’t know if i’ve mentioned this (i don’t know how i could’ve forgotten to mention this honestly!) but i am going to prague in may for three weeks for my painting class! i’m so excited! i’ll have to write another post on this, but right now let’s focus on the windsor newton guy.
ok. so this representative came in and gave a little demo. he talked about windsor newton, gave us a brief history of paint pigments and oil paints, and then he told us about water-soluble oils. i don’t know how many of you have experimented with oils… probably a lot of you have actually. but as much as i have dabbled in the world of art media, i have never used oils. i went through a watercolor stage when i was really young (probably 9 haha), and then i realized how hard they are to use so i chose to try acrylics. and needless to say, i have been using them ever since.
i’m listening to this man talk about this-seed oil and that-seed oil, and glossiness, and thickness, and the paint taking 2-12 days to dry, but this quick dry medium cuts that in half, and thin layers then thick layers…. honestly, my brain is going in circles. i have no idea what he’s talking about. i nod and say “oh wow” when everyone else does, but i truly couldn’t be more lost. i only got a few things out of the presentation: free paints (always great), that you can clean up water-soluble oils with water, regular oils with turpentine (and i could’ve figured that out), there is some sort of liquid (whether it be seed-derived or otherwise) that i need to use with these paints and that i need to pay attention to the types of brushes i use.
major problem: this information is not going to help my when i go to the store to buy paints. well, at least i know the kinds of paints i need. but other than that, i’ll be completely winging it if i don’t get some help. hahaha when i get back from break i am going to have a serious paint chat with my professor!