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The Subtle Art of Glazing with Acrylic paint

Acrylic paintings can be altered so easily by using a glaze.

What is a glaze? It can be used over an underpainted surface to either soften an area by using a more opaque paint or a transparent paint to enhance or change the temperature.

Using transparent acrylic glazes can transform a work from ho hum to wow. the trick is to know your transparent colours. Here I am using Nickel Azo Yellow from fluid paint from golden.

Make sure surface is try before glazing and use a soft brush such as Silverwhite

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Colour show

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Autumn Colours

Using gold and brown plus green with heavy gel for texture, This work was done on plexiglass so that light could shine through. The example below is using a similar technique but on canvas as a support
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Sketching for ideas-sometimes simple is best

I like to use my sketchbook as a source of ideas for my paintings. Over the years I have sketched and kept visual diaries of things and places I have seen. These help to bring up memories of place. I can move things around or change colours or just get some compositional ideas from my quickly jotted down ideas whilst on the move so I can work on them later whilst in the studio. Even the simplest of sketches can provide some idea of what you might do.

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