I received my tin of Leaf Green exterior paint from Brouns & Co. yesterday afternoon.
It has been a long term aim of mine to experiment with linseed oil paint for use in my traditional sign painting business, Signature Signs, and the time has finally come
After stirring the paint I began mixing the turpentine and linseed oil to the prescribed proportions for the primer coat.
This is where the magic happened.
You see, I used to be an artist and illustrator for a living, before turning to sign painting in 1998. I worked in all media, but oil paints were my favourite. As part of my research into the techniques of the old masters
I had come across a glazing formula using linseed oil, turpentine, and a few other ingredients.
When I mixed the Brouns and Co. paint this morning my workshop filled with a delicate aroma so reminiscent of that glaze recipe that my mind flooded with wonderful memories and emotions as I recalled how much I had loved painting in oils all those years ago.
Hot on the heals of the memories came the inspiration for how I can best incorporate what I have learned throughout my career with this wonderful paint, to reach new heights in my profession and new levels of creativity.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that I am actually giddy with nostalgia and excitement for what the future may hold !