Glazing an Underpainting with Color

International Artist|June - July 2020

Glazing an Underpainting with Color
Using this slow and methodical technique, Henry Riffe builds his paintings up through multiple layers of color
Henry Riffe

It is said that drawing and values do most the “heavy lifting,” meaning to me that if the drawing is strong and the values are correct there is a likely possibility that a painting, even sparsely painted, will be a success. Consider this: Most of what we see is gray. Practically nothing that we see is the color straight out of the tube. John Singer Sargent was a master at painting grays. But for those of us who are a far cry from the likes of Sargent, how do we take that baby step to color that some of us need?


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June - July 2020