02/27/2005: "Suffering for art yet again / Drying Linseed Oil"
Yesterday after the bridal shower I came home and started painting again right away and kept painting until 1am or so. The problem is that my right arm kept hurting worse and worse. I can't tell if it's joint pain or muscular, but it's terrible. I couldn't force myself to stop though and finally I could barely stand it anymore and *had* to stop.
I took some Aleve but it hurt so much last night I couldn't get to sleep...I finally did but then slept in so late it feel like half my Sunday is wasted. Not that it matters much; my arm is still a wreck. The worst part is that I only worked on two paintings last night...one I improved slightly, and the second I can't tell if I improved it or made it worse. It sucks to put all that effort in and not at least have the feeling that you've accomplished something to make it worth it.
I do have some good news (skip this if you're not an oil painter) I've been experimenting, trying to find a painting medium to take the place of Liquin, which is really toxic and always leaves me with a headache and sore throat. I tried walnut alkyd before, but it's too viscous and wasn't great for thinning paints or doing washes etc.
Yesterday I started using Windsor & Newton's "Drying Linseed Oil" which says on the back "Increases gloss, flow, and transparency of oil colours. Speeds drying." Then it says to use "Drying Poppy Oil" for pale colours and whites. Why?
Anyway, it really did work; it thins the paint at least though the verdict is still out on how much it will speed drying. That comment about using the other oil for light colors has me concerned. It doesn't say "non-yellowing" like many oil mediums do. Does anyone have any experience with this product? I really like it because it's non-toxic, but I'm worried about it discoloring my work over time.