Swan (acrylic) glazing

Swan (acrylic) with glazing

16 x 20 image, acrylic on canvas matted to 20 x 24 and framed under plexi.

I return again and again to the image of the swan. In this painting, done as a demo, I'm showing students how acrylic can be softened by glazing (or more properly scumbling) layers of semi-transparent white and light colors over the initial acrylic painting.

(Glaze: a glaze is a layer of transparent color applied over a dry coat of some other color, usually one that's lighter and more opaque.

Scumbling  When used accurately, the term scumbling refers tothe application of a rather thin, translucent layer of lighter paint over either a translucent or opaque layer of darker paint, whcih alters the original color without totally concealing it.  It's the direct opposite of glazing...The term scumbling is also used more loosely to describe a fairly liberal, allover daubing on large areas of a painting with a thin, often broken brushmark.  Glazing, on the other hand, implies a more controlled application of thin paint in a more uniform thickness, creating a less abrupt transition in tone or hue.  from The American Artist July 1994, Pg. 12 "The Technical Page" by Steven Sheehan.)