Pat Nickerson's Art Blog

New paintings, new ideas

To an artist, winter on Cape Cod means time - time to spend valuable hours painting in my studio.


One benefit of this time is the freedom to try some new techniques. I've always been a fan of wet-into-wet painting, and I still am spending plenty of time doing that. I still find wet-into-wet very rewarding. I love the buttery feel of the oil paint and the blending ability of wet, juicy paint.

 

But this winter, I am exploring other techniques and practicing patience. Several pieces I am working on are being developed over multiple painting sessions. There are several things I like about this approach:

  • You can paint over areas to color-correct without the paint becoming too muddy.

  • As the painting develops, I can change the direction in which I take the painting.

  • Last, but definitely not least, I can use glazes. Transparent glazes can have beautiful effects, and are so much fun to use because if I don't like the way it looks, I can wipe it right off!

Take a look at the Morning Fog painting at the top of this page - click it to see it larger - and you will see my new techniques on display.