I work mainly with Winsor & Newton Alkyd “oil” colours. These comprise finest quality pigments in an alcohol/resin binder. The result is that to all intents and purposes, the medium looks like and has the properties of traditional oil paint. However in execution it has a much faster drying time. Consequently, although it is still possible to “blend” the colours in a way normally associated with oil painting, more exciting scumbled techniques are available to the artist.
The “support” (a strange technical term used by artists to define the material used to paint on) preferred by me is board. Board which has been heavily primed with a cross hatching of paint to create a rough canvas effect and then initially used as a “palette” for another painting. In this way the old paint forms random textures and the build up of paint when dry provides a quite unique surface and multi-coloured background on which to commence painting. It can be quite a challenge to create a composition particularly when integrating these random colours and textures into the final work.