HOW TO Oils – Finishes That Rely on Imprimatura Underpainting


The unifying benefits from toning the support that you’re working are shown here in “Magnolia Window” Very little painting was needed on the perimeter edges of this piece. This allowed for a “vignetting” affect that allowed the image to gradate and integrate with the background. It is especially helpful to work on a support that you’ve altered to your liking. By sanding layers of gesso we can get a fine surface for detail, or alternately create interesting brush marks and paint over top of them with glazes, washes and painterly strokes. They emerge throughout the painting and can be enhanced or completely covered if you choose.

“Magnolia Window” by Peggy Burkosky

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