And the winner is…

And the winner is…

Dan Toloudis, a former student of mine and painter extraordinaire!! Dan correctly guessed that I mixed ACRYLIC (nasty, NASTY stuff that) with my oils, which caused any oil pigment I mixed with it to dry quickly and then, when brushed, roll itself into tiny little balls, or, as I prefer to call them, boogers.

Here’s what happened:

As you probably already know I entered two paintings into Art Maui — the largest juried competition in Maui County. Art Maui requires that all paintings either be framed, or have clean edges.

I’m not the neatest painter in the world, so I chose to paint the edges white (I sometimes use black but these paintings are lighter and airier and I just thought white would be better).

Now, I always use acrylic paint for edge painting because it dries so quickly. I have a large tub of black acrylic, but I bought a brand new tube of Titanium White acrylic for these particular paintings.

This edge painting took place about three weeks ago (I know, I know, I should have been in the studio far more often and this never would have happened).

Anyway – when I eagerly filled my palette with paint the other day I grabbed the white from the top of my taboret. After the BOOGER thing happened and neither Taryn nor I could figure out what was causing the über drying of the colors-mixed-with-white I was scratching my head and wondering “WTF?” when I looked over at the taboret and noticed that awful word, that HUGE word…


on the tube of Titanium White.

WN_AAC_TitaniumWhite_200mlMystery solved.

Like I said – I felt sooooooo stupid!!

Lesson? Store your acrylics far away from your oils, and then after you use them, put them away!!!

Dan, choose your print. All of the “Surf and Sand” series are available. And please send me your snail mail address in an email.



One thought on “And the winner is…

  1. toloudis

    Wow! After I posted about acrylic + oil, I started wondering if you had left the white tubes in the sun and started googling everything I could, related to mixing warm oil with cool oil, or paint separation.

    I sent my details in an email. Thanks!


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