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Guest Post: Maroger vs Alkyd Medium

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Maroger vs alkyd medium..... 

by Deodanda Pretorius of The Science of Art

Sunset Rocks

I had just a little bit of maroger medium left in my old tube so I started using alkyd medium again. Being a quick drying medium, it does have its advantages, but I got so used to what the maroger medium can do that I now find it frustrating to work with an alkyd medium. The traditional turps/linseed mixtures together with the alkyd mediums leaves me with a really bad headache and sinusitis after a painting session. I need for the paint to say workable for as long as possible and still be able to do transparent applications as well as impasto work all in one session. With an alkyd medium the paint becomes tacky soon after you've applied it. The maroger medium on the other hand allows me to continue manipulating the paint hours after I have laid it down and also allows me to do beautiful glaze work as well as impasto work that retain brushmarks. Transparent pigments really come to life with this medium. I can even oil out the next day without lifting the paint layer underneath, something that is not possible with any other kind of medium. The only problem is that once you get used to the maroger medium, you become totally addicted to what it can do, so going back to my old paint mediums just isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

People often ask me where I heard about it and where they can buy it. I noticed it on the palettes of my three online mentors David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jackie Kamin - it is the only medium they use and the recipe was passed on from David Leffel to oldmastersmaroger.com - you can read about it in the discussion forum with oldmastersmaroger.com on Wetcanvas. Maroger is an old medium, but a word of caution though, there are many versions on the market made from different recipes - many of them end up with disastrous results on the canvas - so if you want to use this medium make sure you buy it from someone who knows what the difference is between a superb maroger and a rip-off version because making this stuff takes a lot of skill - a good maroger has a pleasant smell. Leffel’s recipe has been used by him and his students for many years and his earliest of works done with this medium are still as beautiful and vibrant as the day they were painted - he has even used it as a varnish to protect some of his paintings - read more about it on Wetcanvas. I use the Flemish formula manufactured by oldmastersmaroger.com and you can buy it directly from them. You can also read about this medium on Sherrie McGraw’s website under paint materials at www.sherriemcgraw.com.

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Deodanda Pretorius is a professional fine artist and oil painter who specializes in classical still life painting. As the owner of The Science of Art, she blogs about her painting experiences and shares fine art tips for the aspiring and professional artist. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Medical and Veterinary Entomology.




 

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