Winter Barn 9" x 12" oil on linen
This is a barn in the area of Grangeville, Idaho and it's from a photo taken a couple years ago. My real intent though was to paint solvent-free. I have notice more and more frequently over the past year that after a day in the studio (which does have good ventilation) that I have a dry cough, flushed face and squeaky voice! It's kind of like I'd just downed a shot of whiskey but without the high! I've periodically tried to paint without Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) but I always get frustrated and go back to it for a first wash and brush cleaning.
My first foray into trying something different was to purchase a line of Artisan water miscible oils. I like the feel and could get used to them but found out you cannot varnish for a minimum of 6 months to a year! I don't want to sell unvarnished paintings and this is a completely unworkable length of time for me to market and sell work online.
In this painting I used walnut alkyd medium and cleaned brushes using walnut oil. I worked the brush into a container of the oil to clean and then squeezed it out with paper towels. The feel is more oily than I like, but I'll work with it and hopefully maintain my cleaner air quality.... we'll see
Meanwhile, I'm hoping someone comes up with a water soluable replacement for mineral spirits.