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Re: oil paints


From: Cynthia Houppert (cynthiahouppert_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 14 2003 - 07:42:13 PDT

Hi Becky,

With regards to oil paints, Cliiford Chieffo's book,
the Contemporary Oil Painters Handbook, thoroughly explains the chemical composition and origin of pigments, solvents and driers. It is available through university book stores and probably online.

Mr. Chieffo writes the technical section for American Artist magazine. While studying fine art in a university setting, the students were advised to used Grumbacher with mineral spirits as the solvent. It's odorless and less expensive than turpentine.


Cynthia Houppert

--------- Original Message ---------
DATE: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 07:42:46
From: "Rebecca Stone-Danahy" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
>Dear Friends,
>For those of you that paint in oils...what brand do your prefer?  I have been researching Gamblin paints but have yet to talk to an artist that loves using them.  An art store manager told me a while back that Gamblin will be the future of paints created because they are more environmentally sound.
>I want to teach oils in the classroom next year at the high school level and was thinking that Gamblin student grade would be the way to go.  I do have the artista brand water-soluble oils in the classroom but so far I don't "love" them.
>I myself am getting back into oils as I just can't get excited about using acrylics anymore.  Any suggestions on setting up the home studio (off of my kitchen) with oil paints and solvents would be greatly appreciated! It's been 11 years since I have used the oil paints and I am feeling unsure about set-up and clean-up.
>Have a good 4th everyone!
>Becky in NC
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