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Macintosh Apples
oil on canvas

This is one of the first of my paintings to re-integrate glazing. Since the impressionists (and later, the adstract expressionists) it's my impression that "glazing" as a technique had fallen into disuse. I read a little book by an art teacher, however, who advocated glazing to re-establish the red or alizarin crimson when lightened with white. Alizarin crimson tints very poorly -- turning a sort of dull pinkish color. But if you then apply a glaze of pure alizarin, immersed in Liquin or another medium, the wonderful red color reappears. Some colors, transparent by nature, mix poorly with white but are good as glazing colors. Alizarin, phthalo blue and phthalo green, sap green are examples. The cadmiums are more opaque and work badly as glazes.

Last updated: September 12, 2002
Copyright c. 2002 by Pam Coulter Blehert. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.