Why you should Stop Using Linseed Oil for Painting and Transition to Walnut Oil | David Molesky | The Cave of Apelles

David Molesky is a figurative painter who stopped using linseed oil to avoid the toxicity of solvents. He lays the case for walnut oil as a viable — and perhaps even better — alternative.

👉TUNE IN: 28th of July at 2pm Eastern Time, David will do a live demonstration of the walnut oil technique via School of Apelles on Telegram for all our members there.
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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The advantages of painting with Walnut oil
  • How to paint “fat over lean” without turpentine
  • Using chalk in the different layers of paint
  • Using a palette (range of colors) that is more lean in itself
  • Painting wet-in-wet without turpentine
  • The problems of different varnishes and how people varnish
  • How to varnish properly
  • Defatting your canvas if it has been standing for a while
  • How to size your canvas properly


▶ Full video (1 hour 4 minutes): https://www.patreon.com/caveofapelles
🎵 Full audio: http://caveofapelles.com/podcast

Filmed and edited by Bork S. Nerdrum
The centerpiece was a “Man in the Forrest” (2007) by David Molesky.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"