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A new class of oil paint

Sennelier has recently launched Rive Gauche, a range of oil paints for which, says Max Hale, they have made some interesting claims. Read to on to find out what’s different about them and why his first impression was one of pleasure

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Sennelier’s new range oil paints, Rive Gauche, consists of 60 colours in 40ml tubes – 56 colours in 200ml tubes, 52 opaque, six semi-opaque, two transparent and four iridescent colours. So what’s different?

Firstly, the paint dries in half the time. This is, without a doubt, a huge, groundbreaking achievement that has been brought about by modifying the oils binding the paint. Interestingly, the secondly difference is that Sennelier has replaced linseed oil with safflower oil throughout the whole range. Safflower oil yellows 50 per cent less than linseed. Thirdly, Sennelier has replaced cadmium with cadmium substitutes, which, they say, allows them to use new pigments that offer opacity and luminosity that is almost equivalent to real cadmium-based oils.

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Welcome to our January issue which looks forward to the new year ahead with our special 6-page guide to open competitions and exhibitions in 2018 and beyond, with all the entry details and all-important deadlines. We also include full details about our own The Artist open competition with fantastic prizes and the opportunity to see your work exhibited and published in the magazine and on our website, promoting your artwork to our massive international audience. Our inspirational, practical articles from this month's team of top-level professional artists and tutors include how to exploit extreme shadows in watercolour for enhanced light effects, watercolour techniques for capturing atmospheric weather conditions and how to improve your watercolour still life paintings. Equestrian artist Ruth Buchanan offers 10 top tips on how to draw the horse, NEAC President Richard Pikesley offers ideas on painting 'table-top' landscapes indoors when it's impossible to get outside to paint and Barry Freeman explains how painting from the heart is the key to loosening up in your work. With much more too, you will find plenty of ideas in this issue to keep you painting over the festive period. The team at The Artist wishes all our readers a happy, creative time and enjoyable new year.