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Greetings from the area of the Great American Eclipse 2017, Missouri, USA

Okay, I just had to brag, it was stupendous, but, anyway,  I am new here, 71 years young and just taking up Oil painting for the second time.  The first was when I was 18.  I took lessons from a teacher down the road from my home in Lake Elsinore, California.  Don't know if I ever learned much from her, but she got me started.  The last painting I made was a sunflower somewhere in the erly 1980's, then I laid up my paints.  Two weeks ago I opened them up.  Wow, all except two tubes were pliable and usable.  So I went hog wild and purchased things I could not afford in my earlier years.  Two Easels, One I did not even know I won on a Goodwill auction, so purchased a second one on Ebay, new tubes of paints, canvas's, new mediums (Marks slow dry medium being one of them) and a new sunflower.  I thought I would try out some of the new (to me) manufacturers of Oil paints. The tubes I had from way back were Grumbacher's and I have to admit I have been extremely disappointed in the Chromium yellows I have opened in the past two weeks.  The tube I have left from the 1980's is thick, rich, with amazing coverage.  Nothing like the newest ones.  Of course none of them were a Grumbacher pre-tested yellow which I should probably go back to unless someone can recommend a different manufacturer with affordable prices.  

Anyway, I have never been a master, not even close, just enjoy putting colors on a canvas and having something close to what I see come out. I am in awe of the paintings I have seen here.



  • PaulBPaulB mod
    Welcome @burness!  Welcome back to the world of painting.  I would recommend trying out the Geneva paints and the minimal palette, it's quite the eye-opening experience.

    And I'm sure if you've looked around this forum you know what's coming next - show us your work please, we love meeting new artists and sharing tips and adulation.
  • LOL, oh gawd what an embarrassment that would be! But thank you for the thought. I am expecting a few Grumbacher tubes today as replacements, the Geneva paints might be cost prohibitive for me on a retirees income. I'll check them out though.

  • Hi @burness, welcome and what Paul said,  :)
  • edited August 2017
    Hi, @burness. Welcome to the forum. :)
  • Welcome to the forum @burness I used Grumbacher way back when you did. It has become my least favorite brand. I use the Winsor & Newton artists' oil colors now and adopted Mark Carder's limited palette. Artists here using Geneva swear by them. The cost is not that much more in the long run.
  • Welcome to you @burness! I just switched to oil's from acrylic's and used what odds and end paint tubes a few friends had forwarded to me while I awaited my Geneva paints to arrive. I hear you on the $$. The paints are so luscious though and stay wet for so long, that I think I'm using less, at the end of the day. Anyway the experience of painting with the Geneva paints far outweighs the other brands I've dabbled with. 

    Looking forward to your paintings! I was very trepidatious about posting my work too, but I'm learning so much from those fellow forum people. I'd hate for you to miss that opportunity. 

  • Welcome @burness ;  I totally agree with others who can attest for the value of the Geneva oils - you have a limited palette so you don't need but 5 tubes - they are lush and juicy and lovely and incredible and can be worked with far longer than anything I have ever tried in the past.  You will save money in the long run - trust me.  We look forward to seeing your work and welcome!
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