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Still Life - Oil Glaze by Vlarg Still Life - Oil Glaze by Vlarg
This was an oil glazing assignment for Painting I at Ball State University. If you're familiar with the process of oil glazing, I'll describe it briefly here...

...first we gesso'd the canvas then took sand paper to it until it was smooth, we did this 7 to 10 times until we had a glass like painting surface. this point with mixed a very wet 50% grey color using thinner and coated the canvas with it. From here, we wiped away using q-tips and rags the still life. So basically, we 'painted' by wiping away so the resulting image was white in the lightest and 50% grey in the darkest. This is known as a 'grisailles' painting...

...once that dried, we mixed a very light red with something to make it transparent. (liquin/galkyd) We painted everywhere that there wouldn't be green (because it's the opposite of red!) with a very transparent coat. We did this with light blue (where there wouldn't be orange) and then yellow, of course, where there wouldnt' be purple. Once that all dried, we did it again with a medium red, blue, and yellow, then a dark red, blue, and yellow. Finally, we applied the actual color right on top to touch up parts. This created a 'glazed' layered effect. It's prettier up close.

Dimensions: 24" x 24"
Medium: Oil
Canvas: Gesso + Sandpaper several times until VERY smooth
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developedfilm Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005
that's so neat! wonderfull painting man. i love that folded skin drooping off the foot and ankle. so pretty
Vlarg Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Hee hee! Folded skin...actually it was panty hose in the still life. I like your interpretation MUCH better.

raindead Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005  Student
thats really coool
i like the composition.!:)
Vlarg Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, it's smooth as glass was hard to take a picture of it without it being shiny at me.

The still life to draw from was humongous, it was about 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, and about 10 feet tall. It was made of just random objects laying around the art department. You could walk around it and pick any place as your own. (Provided you weren't in front of someone else)

Thanks for the comments!

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January 30, 2005
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