The Saltaire Studio

Blending on a large scale

Blending on a large scale

So some of you will be aware that I like to blend my colours on the surface I am painting on with my palette knife and fan brush. Sometimes I even use a brayer especially when you are dealing with a big board like this one which is 76 x 76 cm. 

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

Because of the scale I did use brayers and squeegees to do a lot of the hard work getting colour down and build up the foundational layers.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

I used scrunched up tissue to create some texture into those layers and to continue building the foundations.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

I really wanted to recreate those dramatic skies that you normally see in my smaller works on paper but this was quite challenging because of the size but also because the surface was dragging quite a bit so I really had to work quickly to ensure I could  still use my techniques for blending and for creating "washes" of transparent colours. I did add oil medium into the mix which helped a lot.

 

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

I also added in a splash of metallic pigments to give this painting an extra special glow.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

When it came to the blending this is where I really had to work hard using my palette knife to chop into the layers and move the paint about.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

The video below shows how I very quickly have to work at chopping into the painting.

 I then use a fan brush for more refined blending.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

There was quite a bit of blending needed for this large painting and I had to do this fairly quickly before it dried. I have had to change my technique a little but I am really pleased with how this turned out and I am really excited to be experimenting more with these boards.

Gloaming working progress by Paula Dunn

 

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