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mes2370



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PostSubject: Oils, drying, and light   Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:33 pm

I've read in several places that oils (traditional and I assume WSO's as well) should not dry in the dark or it could yellow. One mentioned allowing the painting to be exposed to sunlight until dry. Should the painting get direct sunlight or indirect sunlight? Does it have to be sunlight or any light (incandescent or fluorescent)?

Just wondering where I should keep my painting until it is dry.
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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:39 am

This is from Sean Dyes' Painting with water-soluble oils: "It is important to remember that all oi paintings that contain linseed oil, including the new water-soluble ones, should not be allowed to dry in the dark or near moisture. This could cause the linseed oil to darken or yellow. Exposure to sunlight can sometimes reverse some of the damage."

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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:18 am

It doesn't need to be constantly exposed to light while drying. Normal indoor conditions will be fine. I sometimes keep mine covered or hanging in a closet to avoid any dust settling on it. Supposedly if an old painting has darkened you can expose it under direct sunlight for a few hours to restore it, but I've never had to test that out.
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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:55 am

dbclemons wrote:
It doesn't need to be constantly exposed to light while drying. Normal indoor conditions will be fine.

When you say normal indoor conditions do you mean some exposure to natural ambient daylight or does that include light from incandescent or fluorescent fixtures? I ask because I paint in the basement where the light only comes from fluorescents. Should I take them upstairs occasionally, while drying, to be exposed to ambient daylight coming through a window?

thanks for both of your comments
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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:09 am

Yes. The only concern you should have about light on your work is in having it lit properly while you're painting. Storing it in a dark room while it cures for a few months may not be the best thing - don't know for sure. I like to hang them where I can see them.
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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:32 am

I always hang mine while they are drying in an area where it gets exposed to a variety of light throughout the day and night. This way I get to see how it looks and can make mior adjustments if there is something glaringly wrong.

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PostSubject: Re: Oils, drying, and light   Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:56 pm

I like that, Judy
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