I brought my travel painting gear to Florida with me, which got through customs just fine in my checked baggage. I usually use Gamblin OMS when oil painting in the studio, but I had an old Pabeo odourless min spirit jar that seemed the right size for travelling so brought that instead...big mistake! It was so smelly I couldn't bear to work with it! So, yesterday afternoon I set out in the car to look for an art supply store to purchase a new small jar of OMS. turned out the only place I could find was Bob Ross's Art Workshop Studio. so I went in. Heh heh. there was about 30 students all busy at their stations....all painting oval shaped canvas's in the Bob Ross tradition. Wow. who'd have thought?! From the back of the studio I caught the attention of the instructor, and asked him if they had any OMS for sale as I had just arrived and needed some to get painting. He said they only had Bob Ross Odourless Paint Thinner. good enough I said and purchased their smallest bottle which turned out to be half a gallon! It's fine to work with. Think I'll take the leftover back to their studio when I leave in case they can make use of it, seems a shame to waste it.
The sun streaming in the window on the wicker chair got me excited to get painting. It's a welcome sight after the long and chilly winter we had this year in Ontario.