Archives for December 2013

Spontaneous combustion of Linseed Oil

This is an example of spontaneous combustion of linseed oil.  This cotton glove, that was soiled with linseed oil and paint thinner, was thrown in the trash on a jobsite which ended up being a perfect opportunity for a fire to start.  When linseed oil oxidizes (dries), it creates heat when it is mixed with […]

Linseed Oil

Linseed oil is an essential oil for the traditional decorative painter who uses an oil glaze. Linseed (or Flax) is a sicative oil – meaning it will eventually dry.  Walnut and poppy oil also fall into this category.  Most other oils like olive, peanut, etc. will never dry, and therefore, they are not useful for […]

NYC Trompe l’oeil Class 2013

Our NYC trompe l’oeil class for 2013 was a success!   We had a full house of students in our tiny little Manhattan studio. The students began the 3-day adventure with a medallion study.  This is an invaluable exercise that forces the student to learn by repetition.  See post on this study. Once the students had […]

Turpentine

Turpentine is an organic product that is steam distilled from the resin of pine trees of many varieties.  The better resins come from the Eastern Seaboard English Pine because of the saltiness in the air. Producing turpentine:  A pine tree is stripped of its bark in a V-shape.  The remaining trunk will begin to secrete […]