Using Oil Paints with a Glazing Medium

Using Oil Paints with a Glazing Medium


Glazing is a really good way of bringing
together light and dark and creating luminosity and there are lots of recipes
for glazing but it’s actually very difficult to get the right formulation
so that you have the durability that you need in creating your glaze. I’m using
glazing and blending medium here and I’m using burnt umber because it’s a
beautiful transparent pigment. Burnt Umber comes from Umbria it’s a clay that’s been burnt so that it’s got a much richer deeper darker tone. I’m just
mixing it into the glazing medium here and you can see that really lovely
strong transparency. How dark you want your glaze to be depends on how much
pigment you decide to use and you can build up layers of glaze. Here you have two areas of contrast
light and the dark by glazing over both of them you can see that it starts to
unify the light and dark contrast but also brings luminosity and so the light
areas really good examples you can find in Rembrandt’s work particularly the one
in Kenwood house which is his penultimate self portrait. You can see where the area has been glazed you’ve got this really strong sense of luminosity emerging from the darkness whereas here you’ve got a
very strong tonal contrast the glaze is really unifying those areas of dark and
light and bringing them together. you

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