Glazing is a great way to unify a painting. By covering areas of a painting with a thin glaze of color, areas instantly feel related since they have the glaze in common. I’m at that stage in this painting, so let me show you how I do it.

Take a look.

A little color, combined with a medium, makes a thin glaze that I can apply quickly over a large area. This feels so good because it differs from building layers and applying thick paint! After rubbing in the glaze, the whole picture feels unified. But as with anything, you can go too far with glazes. A painting can feel too cohesive and lifeless. That’s when I work back on top of the glaze. Finding the right blend of thick, thin, glazed, and unglazed is a dance! Give it a try.

How do you use glazes in your work? Let me know in the comments.

On this weeks’ podcast, I’ll share my thoughts about flow state and how to work more efficiently. We think it’s about being at the studio more and working harder. But really, it’s about practicing the thinking behind your art-making. I hope you’ll join me this Wednesday for the next episode! Click here to subscribe to the Art2Life Podcast and catch up on past episodes, too!

Have a great Sunday!

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