Oil Paints and Low pH  

KC_JJ 53M
5219 posts
12/11/2005 3:08 pm

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Oil Paints and Low pH

If you paint in oils most likely you well know the Piney fragrance of turpentine.

Oils are much richer in their color depth than their more modern and swifter drying relative the acrylics.

I haven't oil painted in years but here is a college era work that I painted in my private dorm suite studio that I mention here. --- well it's somewhere in ReticentDevil's blog but I couldn't locate it.

This painting was done back in the daze in which every three weeks (like clockwork) my mind was fully awash with a ceremonial serving of Dr. Albert Hofmann's Famous Alpenhorn Elixer. Quite a sacrament I must say!

If you don't know what that is Google on...
Albert Hofmann problem child

KC_JJ

PS. Anyone who figures out the reference to low pH wins a prize.


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Sorceror07 54M

12/11/2005 6:46 pm

when you cut your oils with thinner it ruins the ph of the oils and affects the color tints... also thinner affects the ph of your canvas and can cause it to yellow over time, not to mention that if you gesso your canvas, thinner will do a number on that too... it's best to use linseed oil for such things as prepping your canvas or thinning your paint... also after you use thinner to clean your brushes... use linseed oil to recondition them, being careful NOT to get them oily wet lol! dont need a clumpy brush do we?

i used to paint mostly with inks and colored dyes (dr ph martin's) but have done lots of work in oil... i like to do the wildly abstract having no patience for realism anymore.

btw.. that piece you posted is outstanding! i'd love to see the brush work in it but it's too small to pick out those kind of fine details. if you'd like to see some of my work, visit my blog... i post it there

...That which does not kill me merely pisses me off!...


silkysmoothlegs3 105F

12/11/2005 6:53 pm

low pH
Hmmmmmmmmm
Lets see
Low ... havent a clue

Beautiful painting though
You have talent hun
silky xxxxxxxxxx


KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 6:56 pm

Hey Sorceror07,

Welcome to my blog and you appear to be a fellow artist and musician as well.

Good guess on my intended meaning of "low pH" but no cigar.

It more relates to Dr. Hofmann's Alpenhorn elixer and it's influence on the painting than to the paints themselves.

I'll keep providing more clues if more guesses about this are missed.

KC_JJ

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rm_art_persists 51M
1789 posts
12/11/2005 6:59 pm

an alkyd is higher on the ph scale (above 7) so I gotta go with Sorcerer....

BTW, that painting is good. Makes me want to finish my visualized lino print.


KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 7:00 pm

Hello Sweet Silky!

So pleased that you could pass through here once again.

Further clue on the significance of "low pH"

The music of Jimi Hendrix was sometimes referred to as ________ rock.

That's nearly a giveaway.

KC_JJ

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PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
12/11/2005 7:25 pm

Sorceror: Ok, it's been a looong while since I had art classes but... cut your oils with thinner? BLASPHEMY!!

KC: Any chance of getting the full-size pic by AFFmail?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 8:09 pm

More info on the painting.

It's 24x36 (inches) and was done on masonite panel in the spring of 1982.

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KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 8:42 pm

Hey PK,

I'm finally starting to maybe see the advantage of being someones network friend. It made no sense to me before this moment.

OK clue number 3 on low pH...not alkaline but ________.

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Sister_Act_4_You 38F/38F

12/11/2005 10:38 pm

"I know!", said the Acid Queen!

Music: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds


KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 11:09 pm

Sister Act wins my cigar!!!!!

To be honest I hated the Who's film Tommy but if anyone saved it from complete idiocy was it was Tina Turner in her role as The Acid Queen. That woman just exuded raw sexuality all over the screen.

She also is the true highlight of the Stone's old "end of the hippy era" classic Gimme Shelter.

Jesus that woman knows how to handle a mic. (not a "Mick")

Sister Act you are DA WINNNAH!!!!!

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KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 11:23 pm

And if it's still not abundantly clear the title should say Oil Paints and Acid.

Acid - low pH
Alkaline - high pH

Acid - used as a sub word for Albert Hofmann's Alpenhorn Elixer

Albert Hofmann was a Swiss chemist who developed a series of lysergic acid diethylamides in the mid to late 1930's.

One in this series of chemicals is perhaps the most used vagi-dilator in the history of mankind and used to be the most common "drug" used to assist childbirth.

#25 in the Lysergic Acid Diethylamide series dilates the pupil of the human eyeball to quite a great degree. It also causes other "decorative" and quite "spiritual" effects. In Hofmanns own words "it allows the human percepive system to pick up other "wavelengths" of data not usually percieved.

Google

Albert Hofmann problem child

for a complete and detailed history of the Man and his problem child.

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KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2005 11:54 pm

PS. I think the most important thing to read at that "Problem Child" site is the Foreward.

That pretty much says it all.

No real need to read any further than that.

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rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
12/12/2005 1:20 am

uhuh, haven't taken acid in years... but it certainly impacted on my artistic abilities ... for example, see self portrait ...



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KC_JJ 53M

12/12/2005 2:01 am

Wow Freelove!

That self portiat is so super awesome!

Very Huichol-like.

Well you dunnit now!

One Huichol inspired posting of mine currently on the back burner!

Stay tuned, it's a comin' up.

Shawnuf and fo sho!

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rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
12/12/2005 12:03 pm

never heard of "huichol" before, but i looked it up on the internet -- the colour, yes, like mine, but lol, don't think i could achieved such orderly patterning -- isn't it exquisite?!!



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duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
12/13/2005 12:04 am

Had I known you were an artists dear, I would have had you paint pictures for my new living room and bedroom

DustStormDiva


KC_JJ 53M

12/13/2005 12:49 am

DSD wrote,

Had I known you were an artists dear, I would have had you paint pictures for my new living room and bedroom

Well it's not too late. Throw out some general ideas and the color scheme you've selected and maybe I can throw together something that might make it out of my own bathroom and into the real world.

I could actually paint a duststrm with a mysterious goddes emerging.

Also would you model for me?

Always in search of new models for my visual muse!

Trivia tidbit!

Did you know that PeeWee Herman is the current living incarnation of Peter Paul Rubens the old master whom which the term Rubenesque was coined from.

Google him. It's no joke!

KC_JJ

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PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
12/13/2005 3:22 am

Mmmm... maybe it's because I've neveer done acid that I didn't relate it to the lysergic. I'm just a dilettante stoner.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


KC_JJ 53M

12/11/2006 7:51 am

    Quoting SensuallyKatey:

    hoooooooly jeans I was more than rockin and rollin with the low ph and even then when readin all these comments on 'thinners and oils'~
    sorry was rummaging in your basement here.
    smooooochies ~
    Kate

Hey Kate,

Consider yourself as welcome as could be to rummage through my basement. I like getting new comments on ancient posts!

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one_wilde_river 49F

3/29/2007 10:41 am

Very interesting post, lol.
Love the painting though, it has some oriental flavor to it.
I cut or do not cut oils with thinner depending upon what I want the painting to reveal. But I've always painted to my own tune anyway
And even those tunes depends upon my mood
Listening to Enya versus LIVE can make all the difference in the world, as does my shockingly taboo mix of media


KC_JJ 53M

4/20/2007 1:22 pm

    Quoting one_wilde_river:
    Very interesting post, lol.
    Love the painting though, it has some oriental flavor to it.
    I cut or do not cut oils with thinner depending upon what I want the painting to reveal. But I've always painted to my own tune anyway
    And even those tunes depends upon my mood
    Listening to Enya versus LIVE can make all the difference in the world, as does my shockingly taboo mix of media
Hey you!

You rummaging thru my basement too? I certainly hope so. It needs a good rumaging.

I knew some nut from back in college who included his pwn cum as part of his mixed media aresenal.

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KC_JJ 53M

4/20/2007 1:26 pm

    Quoting one_wilde_river:
    Very interesting post, lol.
    Love the painting though, it has some oriental flavor to it.
    I cut or do not cut oils with thinner depending upon what I want the painting to reveal. But I've always painted to my own tune anyway
    And even those tunes depends upon my mood
    Listening to Enya versus LIVE can make all the difference in the world, as does my shockingly taboo mix of media
Hey you!

You rummaging thru my basement too? I certainly hope so. It needs a good rumaging.

I knew some nut from back in college who included his own cum as part of his mixed media arsenal. He was a transfer from the philosophy dept. He really did not have much talent artisitcally. What he really liked best is that many people in the art department would take his insane ideas seriously. Which had not been the case in the philosophy dept.

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RubesTachsMoxie 48F

8/4/2007 10:47 pm

Love the colors in this one! Just looking at it lifts my mood. Has plenty of motion in it and plenty to concentrate on! I like it!


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