I am new to oils also. I had a set of W&N Artisan water mixable oils that I got about 10 years ago in an art swap and decided to try to use them. They smell horrible. They literally reek. I did three quick paintings which came out okay but I went super fast as the smell. When I finish one, I have to put it in a plastic sealed box to dry as the paintings stink up the house until dry. I am gonna take the rest of the paints to the disposal site as I just can't use them.
Now I am hooked on using oils though and want to get some oil paints that don't reek but I'm totally confused as to what to get. Because:
- Some say smell is from solvents, but that is not true in my case as I didn't not use any except linseed oil for water mixable oils that came with the set.
- Some have said it might be because the paints are old and rancidified.
- Someone suggest I should get water mixables as they are non toxic, but when I pointed out I was using water mixable and they reeked, they said a different brand of them like Cobra or Holbein.
- Some say it is the linseed oil that smells bad to some people and that it is in most oil paint. So in that case, I should get safflower or walnut based oil paints. Some suggestions were Sennelier, M. Graham, and Blick.
- Some say I should buy one tube of various artists brands and compare what works best for me. But oil paints are not cheap and that seems like a big investment of money on something I might end up tossing or giving away.
I am totally confused as to how to proceed. Any advice? What would you try if it were you?
PS. I am tempted by the Geneva but they have linseed oil and also solvent (Correction... MEDIUM) in them as well so no idea if they would have a smell that bothered me.
PPS. I have used acrylics, no bad smell but I don't favor them. I have used and loved oil pastels (some smell, but not bad at all and doesn't bother me) but hate that they never dry and have to be put under glass.