How to Scratch like a Chicken

Interview with LifeART student Karen Neuhoff. Q: How long did you spend on this painting? A: Two months of art classes, about 24 hours in total. Q Most people would say that is very long. What would you say to that person? A: It was worth spending the time to get it right. I would actually spend even more time on it. Q: what techniques did you use in th...
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Alla Prima Cafe Scene / Direct and indirect painting

Alla prima is a style of painting where, instead of building colors up with layers or glazing over an underpainting, the painting is completed while the paint is still wet. Strictly defined, an alla prima painting would be started and finished in one painting session, but the term is also more loosely applied to any painting done in a direct, expressive style, with minimal prep...
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What is glazing and how to use it?

A GLAZE is a thin TRANSPARENT color used over another dry color to create a third color. For example if you put a thinned Quinacridone rose (a transparent color) over blue, you get a violet. If you use a glaze over a similar color you enhance the color. Cast shadows over complex textures are often glazed. A glaze always darkens a color. Creating fluid paints Fluid paints ca...
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Painting Techniques

Verdacchio / Underpainting Vermeer, Leonardo and Michelangelo were some of the masters that used this technique. After the initial outline drawing was completed, Vermeer began the "dead coloring" (or under painting as it is called today), one of the most important stages in his working procedure. The under painting technique greatly facilitates the realization of finely balan...
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