Oiling Out and the Cause of Dead Spots in Oil Paintings


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Oiling Out and the Cause of Dead Spots in Oil Paintings by Sarah Sands
http://www.justpaint.org (Published by Golden Artist Colors)

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.justpaint.org/oiling-out-of-dead-colors-in-oil-paintings/

It’s been a problem for a very long time. At least according to the historical record. Blotchiness. Sinking in. Dead spots. For oil painters these are well known terms, conjuring up images of skin disease as much as painted surfaces, but whatever words are used the implication is clear – it’s an undesirable nuisance; a loathsome interloper in the creative process. tAs for what to do about it, the traditional and handed down remedies have run the gamut from oiling out with different recipes to the frequent application of retouch varnishes of various types. What is the current thinking about all this? What might be the cause and best solution? What follows is not an exhaustive treatment on this topic by any means, but it shares results from some current testing and offers what we feel are best practices given what is currently known.” -Sarah Sands (Golden Artist Colors)