Apple painting – acrylic glazing – daily sketches

In this exercise I wanted to try other acrylic glazing technique than just simply using water

Water makes uneven surface and the acrylic paint  likes to change it’s structure and break. So I took the glazing medium by Winsor&Newton to try. I needed to master glazing to work on a portrait I’m painting using the old masters technique. First monochromatic layer of the whole painting and then thin glazes of color…
Acrylic glazing technique
An exercise in painting the red apple on paper with acrylic paint

Above is the result of glazing with that medium. Painting is really easy and fun. It takes a really tiny amount of the paint to get the tinted  and even layer. There is an amazing color depth.

I painted two pieces at once to compare them later after using an additional layer of transparent sepia like glaze. It was not the main purpose of this exercise yet I made it too dark and because I used also the white gesso primer before – it got dry pretty fast, so the  brush strokes are visible and that wasn’t my intention. Well.. lessons learned:).

Yet one problem appears which makes it unsuitable for my purposes at this stage – it’s absolutely GLOSSY and glassy after it dries. It has completely different structure than the standard acrylic paint diluted with water.

There are areas where I could use it, like some finishing strokes in paintings where I’d like to have that different structures together or that really shiny look, but not in the portrait I’m painting now.

Fortunately another medium is great for glazing without the glossy look and  preserving the paint structure and an even surface – the acrylic MATT MEDIUM by W&N ;)

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