The other day I took delivery of some Water Mixable Oils. Yes water mixable oils does sound like an oxymoron! They are the modern way of painting in oils in that you only need water and not the smelly turpentine to mix the paints and clean your brushes.
I have painted with these type of oils before and yesterday I shut myself in my studio and completed an underpainting of Over Owler Tor in Derbyshire which was inspired by a photo in a travel magazine. When painting oils you can use a watery (or turpsy with original oil paints) version of the colours to lay down washes so that you can get your shapes, lights and darks all in place before you begin the painting. This helps you with laying out your picture.
Look out for further details on the painting in future blogs.