Glaze technique

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One of the painting techniques is glaze. It can be used in many different manners. I will describe here a time-consuming and complicated technique used by old painting masters, from which artists started to depart at the end of 19th century.

Work on paintings using this technique involves three stages: drawing, black and white modelling and putting colour. Modelling under the painting was made as chiaroscuro modelling, i.e. using only two colours – black and white. This base allowed for preparation of the painting in terms of its assets, supported and strengthened the effect of colour, resulting in a more harmonious juxtaposition and uniform distribution of paint.

In order to use the under painting efficiently, the colour was put as glaze (transparently). The final effect is the harmony of under painting and the paint. At the modelling stage, various correction and modifications were possible, so as to focus only on the colour at the last stage.
This method enhanced the artist’s knowledge and skills. It taught him to construct solids and develop the sense of space. Paintings constructed in this manner did not become dim due to the light modelling foundation, which lit the colour from the bottom.
View the examples ( menu on left ), where I have presented some paintings which I created using this technique.