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I was first introduced to oils when I was 12, and it
quickly became my favorite medium. Once I had my
first child, however, I had to switch to quicker-drying,
less toxic mediums for the bulk of my work. Oil is an
amazing, versatile medium, but it requires that you
adhere to certain rules and safety precautions, the most
important of which is well-ventilated working space large
enough to store your unfinished work, which takes many
days to dry.

While the slow drying time is the downside of oil,
it’s at the same time its great advantage over other
mediums. Oil is a very forgiving medium, allowing you
to take your time blending complex shadows, or even
wiping away an entire layer and starting over if you’re
dissatisfied with the results.



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