Beyond Mud: Techniques of Working Wet-into-Wet with Oil
Mitch Albala, Instructor
October 28-29, 2017
Supplies Fee: $10
Every oil painter, at one time or another, has experienced the frustration of working in oil. We love its buttery consistency and blend-ability, but those are the same qualities that can lead to overworking and “mud.” Keeping yours colors fresh and clear is not something that happens by accident — it’s a practice that involves a series of technical maneuvers that you must learn to apply with every stroke until it become a habit. This workshop covers everything you need to start improving your wet-into-wet practice: layering order and the principle of “thin … thicker … thickest”, paint consistency, transparency and opacity, pressure and touch, and the right kinds of brushes to use. The Saturday session is devoted to several practice exercises that introduce the techniques (including a segment on palette knife best practices). Then, in the the Sunday session, you’ll do paintings of your own choosing, where you’ll practice the wet-into-wet technique under Mitchell’s guidance.
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