Glazing

The first time I became enamoured with the technique of glazing oil paintings was when I saw an exhibit of the work of Maxfield Parrish, an early 20th century artist who created luminous, otherworldly pieces relying heavily on glazing.

Gorgeous! Though I am not creating these types of paintings, there are times when I like to use this technique. The dress in the original historical painting I used as a reference for Lucy looked glowing to me. So I painted the lighter portions of this painting in Burnt Umber and white, waited for it to dry, and then used several transparent colors and some medium over the entire dress to create a brighter finished product. You’ll notice that the rest of the painting looks extra dull in comparison. When it’s varnished, everything will come together nicely!

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