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juliet45
07-16-2013, 04:16 AM
I have been directed to this forum from acrylics. I paint in a semi abstract style and I am looking at glazing at the moment. What I hoping to achieve is something I similar to the translucent glazes that Turner did so brilliantly
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2013/973297-image.jpg

Sun Setting over a Lake by J M Turner

And I am wondering if this is achievable in acrylic or if I need to start working in oils.

So if any one has experience of using glazes in this way I would be very grateful for any suggestions.

birdhs
07-16-2013, 08:16 AM
This is going to take a lot of practice to accomplish. here is a link that might help:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1310418

Keep us posted on your progress

greggo

juliet45
07-16-2013, 09:53 AM
Greg, thank you so much for the link. It was very interesting as this is not an artist that I know. And so it looks as if oil painting is the way to go.

I have been toying with the idea of venturing into oils since I tried them in a class a year or so ago. I found it so easy to achieve effects in oil that I struggled with for a long time in acrylics. Part of me thinks oil may be just right for me and the other part of me thinks it may be an expensive diversion. An experienced artist friend tells me I can do anything in acrylic that I can do in oils but I am not convinced.

Anyway, nothing ventured nothing gained as they say :)

Jon
07-16-2013, 10:06 AM
Have a look at this piece posted earlier in this forum:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1322709

juliet45
07-16-2013, 02:13 PM
Thanks Jon, that is really useful. Now you mention it I remember I have seen work by Rebecca Crowell using cold wax and oils which is very beautiful.

davefriend
07-16-2013, 10:59 PM
juliet45 you mentioned Turner and my brain remembered several paintings that another WC member (Steeldolphin (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=506551)) did which had some of those elusive qualities we find in those super Turner works. Here are some of them:

Catharsis (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1301394)
Finding Light II - Abstract Landscape (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1300844)
Pax et Lux - Abstract Landscape (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1274512)
Mountain Fire (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1265442)
Poseidon Returns (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1243722)
The Quest - Abstract Landscape (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1225412)
Finding Light - Abstract Landscape (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1221842)

blackcatbattery
07-17-2013, 01:53 AM
juliet45 you mentioned Turner and my brain remembered several paintings that another WC member (Steeldolphin (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=506551)) did which had some of those elusive qualities we find in those super Turner works. Here are some of them:
WOW. Those were amazing. Those works pulled of all the effects I thought I couldntr do in acrylics. Now I'm wondering if I needed to start learning oils at all. :eek: Well, can't help to add to my skillset.


Patrick

juliet45
07-17-2013, 05:05 AM
Thanks Dave. I really like Steeldolphin's work and I see he is also inspired by Turner. I had a look on his website too.

It now seems to me that both acrylic and oils are suitable for working in this way but the oils have a much softer look about them, probably because they are much easier to blend.

This is a great forum with information on lots of my favourite artists and some I have not seen before.

alangraham
07-17-2013, 09:20 AM
Steeldolphin is an amazing artist-- love his work.

I've been playing around with layers over the past few months and have enjoyed myself a ton. I'd say stick with acrylics as they dry fast.

The brand Golden makes an awesome medium called Acrylic Glazing Liquid (satin). This stuff really helps make the paint transparent and really extends the paint. I've always used about 1/8 paint to the medium. Right or wrong I do not know, but it works.

I've been able to achieve some awesome 'glow' looks after countless coats. Just be patient and keep going :)

alangraham
07-17-2013, 09:22 AM
I lost track of the layers on this one after about 20. In the right low and setting it is pure magic :).

30in x 40in

juliet45
07-17-2013, 12:26 PM
That looks lovely Alan. Did you start off with a white ground? And is there any particular reason you use a satin medium rather than a gloss medium?