I'm demonstrating the use of a new product just about to hit the market. Dave and I have a pet product called Essential Oil of Petroleum, which always makes me think of Essence of Gelfling. It's kind of similar, because Essence of Gelfling makes Skekses look youthful and healthy, and Essential Oil of Petroleum makes paintings look fresh and sexy.
Essential Oil of Petroleum has always been tricky for us to find. Something about being in socialist Canada where we only have one brand of paint and you have to get on a wait list to qualify for brushes. So we've been heckling Natural Pigments to start making something comparable and I've even told workshop students to send harassing emails to George and Tania. Harassment works. I received a little phial labeled "Sample 142," which can only mean there were 141 inferior samples before they found the perfect one, and I've given it a trial. Love it.
Here's my super sophisticated first video:
Notice how I kept emphasizing the need to make sure the painting is dry? That's because this is take two. During take one, I used a painting that wasn't dry and I smeared paint all over the place. Don't worry, it was Dave's painting, so it was hilarious.
RUBLESOL LITE. Peace.
Edit: Questions coming in so I'll answer them here.
Why not use oil or retouch varnish? This product acts to "oil out" or saturate the surface of your painting when it's sunken in, but it completely evaporates leaving no residue after about twenty minutes. If, like me, you are leery of oiling out and of retouch varnish, this is a very useful product. If I use it on a painting and realize, "oh hey, this eye needs more work," I will wait until it evaporates, oil out just the eye and paint into that oiled out area.
Why not just use mineral spirits? I find that mineral spirits usually evaporates faster, is streakier, is more likely to lift up paint that's only moderately dry, and sometimes turns the surface of the painting milky. You can use mineral spirits, but this stuff's better.
Is this like Oleogel? Nope. Oleogel is an oil. This is a solvent. Don't be confused by the "oil" in "Essential Oil of Petroleum."
Where can we buy Essence of Gelfling? As far as I know it's still a restricted product, but I'm sure Natural Pigments is working hard to bring it to us.