Ever heard an artist say, “once you have painted with oils, you will never go back”. I heard it time and time again and when the timing was right I bought a few cheap oils to have a go and never looked back! I began buying good quality oils and brushes and had a love affair with oil painting for the next 4 years!
The MAY Red’s Art Cart is themed around water mixable oil paints and not having picked up a brush and done an oil painting for well over 5 years now, I frighteningly absolutely LOVED putting this Cart together! So much so I began looking at upcoming exhibitions and, in my mind, have already painted a large Still Life of teacups and cakes. There is just something about oils, the butter like consistency, the texture they give, the way you can take a break and not have your work dry on you and also the smell they give off along with the turps.
There are a handful of paint brands who are producing water mixable oils and included in the Art Cart this month is the Daler-Rowney Georgian water mixable oil paints. I chose to go with the 3 primary colours and a white so that the Art Carter’s can mix a rainbow of new colours. The Georgian brand is a perfect price for entry level oil paints. And I have to admit, apart from if you stick the tube right under your nose, there is no odor at all. When cleaning, you wash your brushes in a bucket of soapy water, however I didn’t feel this was enough. A brush cleaner would help as well. I didn’t try it, but I would be inclined in future to still use turps on final clean up. The brushes still felt oily after soapy water and when I wiped brushes on paper towel I got paint residue.
Also featured in the May Red’s Art Cart is a 6”x6” stretched canvas. These are fairly new to my supplier and a nice quality canvas for a nice price. You can purchase different sizes through Mrs Red by simply emailing the size you would like. Brushes by the supplier have also been added to the cart along with quite a handy palette. This palette folds into itself, making it quite compact for travel and although it served the purpose for the Cart I would be more inclined to use a traditional oil palette as it wasn’t easy to clean. It is made of stong thin plastic so for oil paints it really needs to be seen as a throw away palette.
As always, make sure you check out the YouTube video’s below to see the Vase of Flowers painting coming together and if you want to subscribe to the Art Carts then please follow the links on this website. PLUS, Mrs Red now holds two online art classes per month where the Art Cart subscribers can come together for an art class, show their work, discuss materials, ask questions and get advice on their work, all in the comfort of their own creative space at home!
Red’s Art Cart is perfect for hobby artists, people who live in rural areas, artists who need that push to just get moving on something and is a great way to hold accountability for your monthly creative time. You will also use products that you would not normally purchase and some Carts contain samples of products that normally have to be purchased in larger amounts. The feeling you get from sitting down and having a dabble is such a wonderful and healthy way to spend your down time. Give it a go!
Finally, if you have purchased this cart, please show us your artworks via Instagram or the Facebook page which is mentioned on your information card inside your cart. This way we all get to see your beautiful oil paintings.
Happy painting everyone!