Creating oil paintings with a fast approaching deadline is a bit nerve racking. Especially when you do not use any mediums to quicken the dry time of oil paints. I asked googled for some tricks to speed up the process of oxidation and came up with some odd solutions, including the use of my oven and black lights. I don't know if those techniques work, as I didn't try baking my art for fear of fire and fumes. However, what I did, worked. And thus, I now share my success with others who might be struggling to speed up the dry time on an oil painting.
The suggestion I followed involved a warm/hot dry environment and light. This was supposedly the optimal environment for oxidation of oil paints. I turned the heat up in my studio to 74 degrees and left on all the lights. I also turned on the ceiling fan to increase air flow and closed the door to keep the heat in the small space. I left my work in this warm/dry environment for a week. The results are pretty crazy. The paintings are almost completely dry. The areas with high concentrations of Titanium White - a notoriously slow-drying color - are the only areas that remain unhardened. I feel confident that even these areas will be dry by the deadline of April 24.
I do not claim to have the answer, but I can attest that this solution helped a great deal. Good luck to you if you are trying to speed up this process in your own work.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a great deal of time in the painting studio working with traditional oils. Teaching middle school art for the past 12 years has taken me away from those roots. This "one a day" project is aimed at re-inspiring that creativity and technique.
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