Wow! Acrylic paint sounds like such a headache! Why would Louis use paint with such inconsistencies? It was a new medium with new possibilities. By simply being new, he could produce something that was different from those in the past. Magna acrylic paint was color mixed with mineral spirits instead of, like oil-based paint, color mixed with linseed oil. This resulted in a much faster drying time. Louis’s wife, Marcella, (who, I have to say, seems like a pretty amazing, dedicated wife, who financially supported their family with her income as a teacher and principal and was extremely supportive of his artistic efforts.) said he often finished an entire painting in one day. He could apply multiple layers of acrylic and roll his painting up to store – something he never could have done with oil paint. Then, his single frame was available for a new painting the next day.