Sunday, June 20, 2010

Oil Painting With Glazes: Glazing A New Work

Below is the latest piece I have begun. At this point there are multiple layers of glaze. Previously glazing has been done exclusively with Liquin Original by Windsor Newton. A friend mentioned that I would probably love stand oil as a glaze. What I am using in this new painting is a 1:1:1 ratio of Damar Varnish: Linseed Stand Oil: Gum Turpentine. This is mixed in a very small quanity and shaken. The paints I am using are primarily transparent and occasionally semi-transparent.  

Work In Progress
Oil on Canvas      
30" x 10" x 0.75" 

I mix these three ingredients in equal parts for glazing. The finish is slightly less glossy than I am used to in a glaze.  I find this especially beneficial when I am working on a very smooth surface. See more about glazing here.

Oil Painting Glaze Mixture

Although this glaze mixture is said to dry relatively quickly, I find that it takes several days in my humid climate. Even though reworking the painting can occur early in initial painting session of a new glaze layer, the painting does not remain 'open' beyond this first day as this glaze becomes increasingly tacky during the drying period. That being said, there is a much longer open period compared to Liquin glaze.

Do any of you have glazing suggestions or comments?  Please post by clicking 'comments' below.

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