Thin Washes in Oils

by Julia Attwood
(Austin, TX)

I use oil paints like I would with watercolors by laying down a lot of washes in between. Most of the washes are thinned down with a lot of thinners so they dry quickly. I glaze them over and over until I achieve the color and the vibrancy I am after. I usually work on white canvases so the colors will really sparkle. I do use oils for opaque areas but they usually are left to be done at the last stage.

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Jan 08, 2013
Use Oils Like Watercolors
by: Deborah

Thanks Julia for your suggestion. I sometimes work my oils the same fashion you do and find the colors glow unlike opaque oil layers. The key thing is always in the under painting color- keep it white.

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