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.