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Postby ehoeveler » Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:03 pm

Dear Joe: Saw this wonderful pic by John Koehler done in oil and
alkyd. Is it the alkyd that contributes to the 'lit' quality in this piece?
What is alkyd? How do I use it? ehoeveler
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Postby Singular » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:20 pm

Hi Elizabeth,
Oil and alkyd are pretty much the same thing and can be used interchangeably. The main difference is the resin. Alkyd uses a synthetic resin. Hence, it is a man-made oil. Alkyds dry faster. I don't think that they are as good as conventional oils when painting in layers. It may be personal preference, but I believe that oils are a much better quality.

By the way, that is a great picture and I don't think that alkyds had anything to do with the lit quality.

"See Ya" later,
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Postby ehoeveler » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:34 am

Thanks, Joe; Elizabeth
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