Thursday, November 9, 2017

Moody Blues

14x11" Oil on 3/4" stretched canvas

Hydrangea Redux: If you think you've seen this one before, you have. These were originally white hydrangeas that never set me on fire. So, they've been transformed into my favorite blue ones. If you are an oil painter, you probably know how I did this without completely repainting: it's called glazing. I mixed a thin glaze with ultramarine blue, cobalt blue and medium (I used Neo-Megilp by Gamblin); then I painted over each flower. Note to beginners, glazing can only be done over a dry layer. This keeps the glaze layer from blending with the previous layer. The old masters used many layers of glaze to add luminosity to their paintings. I used only one to change the color. After glazing,  I added more darks and lightened up the lights. It was fun and I'm pretty happy with the result.

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