I have to admit, it has been some time since I set up my easel for Oil painting. Somehow I drifted away from it with Watercolours (which I love) and then I got into Gouache (in a big way). The Gouache was the opener to me going back to Oils - Gouache being much more akin to Oil painting than it is watercolours.
It's good that the smelly mediums of Oil painting in the past - well, technically they are still there for some - but for me I'm making the most of the odourless ones, particularly for brush cleaning.
Zest It! is effective with a smell of orange - much more bearable.
Living near the sea, I had to get stuck into a Seascape - albeit small 8" x 6", but I'm also trying out some other mediums along the way and wanted to see how they worked on a small canvas board.
Here's the Work-in-Progress stage
~ to this stage it took about half an hour ~
then left it to dry off a bit overnight
enough to come back to the next day and complete with finishing touches and details
Now it needs to wait for about a week to 10 days before I add retouching varnish to protect it.
(If the paint isn't completely dry at that point, providing it is on the surface, I can still add the retouching varnish and the painting will still cure beneath the varnish - the retouching varnish breaths - who'd have thought!)
~ Now I can't wait to start another painting ~