METHOD

PETER

DIXON

Method - Transparent Color Glazes for “Square Format” Paintings:


The oil on canvas paintings are the result of brushing a transparent layer of paint (the glazes) over another thoroughly dried layer of opaque paint (the underpainting).


The underpainting is the actual painting designed and then completed in tones of one color, usually gray, focusing on composition and value. After the underpainting is finished and completely dry, a series of transparent color oil glazes are applied using the technique practiced by Renaissance painters. With this technique, the glazes are applied with a soft brush and then stippled (softly pounded) with a firm brush to remove the excess and create subtle color changes.


When you look at the finished piece, you are actually looking at the one-color underpainting through the layers of colored glazes. The resulting optical color mixing gives the paintings depth and luminosity .


Method - Opaque Surface, Glazed “Squirt” Paintings:


These mixed-media paintings begin by creating a multi-color opaque oil painting. Once this has completely dried, a series of acrylic gesso marks are applied to the surface by “squirting” the medium from various squeeze bottles. When these marks dry, multiple transparent color glazes are applied onto each individual mark. This allows each of the marks to evolve in color and creates the illusion of depth and movement as they appear to go over and under each other across the background painting. 

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