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This particular problem is trying to get Gamblin varnish out of a brush using Gamblin solvent, and one would think this would work just fine, but it seems to require OMS to do it well.
After extensive research in our lab, we have found that the brand ‘Gamsol’ or White Spirits are not the best way to clean our Ivory or Classic ranges. There seems to be some sort of chemical within those two particular products that can at times make those ranges ‘splay’ and or ‘curl’ at the end. If you have been using those products with those ranges and not experienced these problems, please continue as you have done in the past. We recommend alternatives which include (but are not limited to):
Zest It Oil Paint and Dillutant
Info: It’s an environmentally friendly, non-flammable, non-toxic, biodegradable, alternative to ‘turps’ and white spirit, made from the zest of citrus fruit for cleaning brushes and thinning paint.
Winsor & Newton Sansodor Low Odour Solvent
Info: a highly refined odorless mineral spirit that is used to dilute (thin) artists’ oil paints and is also used to dilute oil media (linseed oils, alkyd media, etc).
Lavender Brush Cleaner
Alternatively many of the essential oils also make great brush cleaning solvents. Lavender oil is actually a stronger solvent than turpentine. Walnut oil is good for cleaning brushes while painting. Final cleaning however should be done with soap and water.
Fabulous. The ellipse at the bottom of the watering can doesn't match the top but the cover is domed? and shouldn't matter. The mortar in the bricks immediately to the right of the shadow of the watering can looks too dark but you already saw all that? What about the top of the bird box? Does that get squared off? The roof looks ok but where they overlap is a little too dark. The concave parts of the roofing are a little dark too. The pump is magnificent.
The subtle shading on the wall under the overhanging roof is fabulous.
I'm always at war with values. And, I never let a single one get away from me if I can help it. My husband thinks I'm talking to someone as I find them in their hiding places. I see you have a similar attitude about values and their hiding places. Route them out!
@paulb Your attention to detail is commendable and the outcome is wonderful. I'm not afraid of ellipses, but they're nothing compared to all the detail, textures, values etc. Splendid, looking forward to the final.
PaulB said:I have a coil of wire to paint on the right hand side that is giving me trouble now.I'll summon the ellipse muse to guide you.
https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Nothing-Life-Object/662192/3845143/viewHow does one go about selling their art for so much?
Paul, You would have "seen" the bird in the hole even if he wasn't there!