Discover how to paint bright fall colours with glazes. Glazing means to place a transparent or semi-transparent layer applied overtop of another layer of transparent or opaque paint. To glaze we use transparent or semi-opaque paint thinned with medium.
Split Primary Palette
For this painting I used a split primary palette (painting shown further below) . This means using a warm and cool of each primary colour. The primary colours and yellow, red and blue. The split primary palette is a powerful way for you to include warm and cool contrasts. Temperature contrasts are a vital part of a painting’s impact. You can see the colours and methods used for Show Before the Snow on my YouTube video.
Following is an example of a completed underpainting done before applying yellow glazes.
Why do I love glazing? Let me count the ways:
- Glazing provides jewel-like, fresh hues and prevents a ‘chalky’ appearance within the painting.
- Glazing is a fantastic method for creating light bright colours. To illustrate, magenta glazed on white looks bright. Adding titanium white to magenta would lighten but also dull and cool.
- Glazing allows for especially lovely contrasts to opaque passages. Additionally, glazed opaques look great too.
- It’s a fun challenge deciding which pigment to use for best effect. My sketchbook is full of glazing experiments. Check out the blog post called Glazing Techniques You Need to Know (see below).
- I learned to identify opaque and transparent paints. (Cadmiums and Pyrroles are opaque; Phthalos and Quinacridones are transparent. Nickel Azo Yellow and Gold are transparent.) I also learned to better identify warm and cools.
- I can fix a painting that is half warm and half cool with a glaze. For instance, a painting can be pushed towards warm with glazes of yellow in the cool areas.
- A glaze can correct an imbalance of colour continuity.
As a side note, I paint the under layer lighter than the planned end result. This prevents the painting from becoming too dark. Each layer of glaze makes the painting darker. To learn more on glazing go to the blog and YouTube video Glazing Methods You Need to Know. This will further help you on how to paint bright fall colours with glazes.
PS I am grateful to Canadian artist David Langevin for providing us with invaluable insights on glazing. David Langevin provides both Mastering Acrylics and Mastering Oil workshops. Check out his work and technical Q&As at http://davidlangevin.com. Thanks for your generous sharing David!Mastering Methods