The Man On The Bus As Muse

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This week…oil bars – what a wonderful invention. All the lusciousness of oil paint but with much less mess! They give a spontaneous, drawing quality and freedom similar to pastels or charcoal. I can’t find much information about artists using them online but this techniques video is spot on when it describes their “rich, buttery luminescence.”

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Relaunched, by Winsor and Newton, in 2011 with a range of 50 colours, they can be used with tube oil paint and have a much faster drying time. The smudged and rubbed effect almost resembles watercolour. They can be thinned down with solvents to produce washes and stains.

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Really enjoying experimenting.  So far I’m using painting knives and fingers to manipulate, they are great for impasto too. A real bonus, when you’re pushed for time, to have no brushes to wash at the end of a session!

 

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