Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glazing Abstractions by Instructor Scott Yeskel

Glazing Abstractions 
by Scott Yeskel

I am often asked why and how my abstract paintings look so vibrant and not 'muddy.' I've often explained in my classes that 'traditional glazing' techniques are the key to refining great and vibrant color. 

The best way to start an abstract painting is the way most of you think. Work with large brushes and paint bold and loose. Don't be afraid to go right off the page, use texture, even splatter or drip. All of this can work if you stay fairly dark and thin at first. Just like a traditional painting, one must work 'light over dark, thick over thin.' 

Once you've achieved an under painting that includes a good rhythm and composition wait and let that baby dry before you make a muddy mess. Once dry, apply a transparent glaze using:

1 part damar varnish
1 part walnut oil 
2 parts Oderless mineral spirits.

(However if you are in a classroom with other people, just use walnut oil. The fumes from the damar and mineral spirits are too strong in a closed area and you will surely make some enemies, not to mention how toxic the fumes are for your lungs). 

Feel free to add transparent color to your mixture - Transparent Earth Orange, Alizarin Orange and Indian Yellow are my favorites for a warm painting- Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson are my favorites for a cool toned painting. 

Apply your glaze liberally and then wipe it off. Be prepared to apply thicker coats of more opaque color including accent colors once you are done glazing. 

Repeat the process until you achieve clean and vivid color. It usually takes me about 5 sessions and 3 to 5 glazes to achieve 'clean' color.

Come into my class Monday Nights or Tuesday Mornings and I'll show you exactly how it's done!

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