Different Blues from One Blue
|Ultramarine & alizarin crimson|
Oil Painting Art Techniques Shifting Color
|Different applications of paint|
The solution to this is to allow this paint to dry and then apply another coat on top. This can be seen in the bottom paint layer. Here, two thin glazes have been applied one on top of the other. Notice the evenness of the paint layer and how one evens out the other.
See my Youtube clip that demonstrates how I applied the paint in these four different ways.
Four Simple Oil Painting Techniques
Glazing an Oil Painting for Translucent Paint over Gesso
|Glazing with oil paint|
Opaque Oil Paint for Flat Colors
The opposite of a thin paint glaze is an opaque paint layer. None of the underlying gesso will show through. The paint is dense because a little white might be added to it, or it will be applied thickly. Opaque paint is necessary for flat, bright colors.
Alla Prima in a Broken Paint Layer
|Castlerigg Stone Circle alla prima|
Two Paint Glazes for Smooth Effects
|Smooth glazing with oils|
Different Colors with Various Techniques in Oil Color
As can be seen here, a given color can appear different depending on how it is applied. A translucent layer will appear different to a thick layer. Add a little white to increase opacity and the luminescence from the underlying white gesso will disappear. Applying one paint layer over another will create a smooth, almost perfect paint layer. These four states of color can be used to create a desired effect in oil painting.
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