I reworked all of my oil paintings in the Proscenium Series (see sidebar for original Proscenium Series, new images are not uploaded yet) of landscapes, after looking into glazing technique online. I had never been quite happy with how they came out, and glazing was a method I had never used. In researching it online I also came across new clear acrylic media, (new to the market in the past few years), that can be mixed with acrylic colors to layer up glazes. After reworking the oil paintings and liking what occurred, I headed out to the art store for the new acrylic media. The problem with acrylics revolve around losing cohesion of the binder if mixed with too much water when trying to mix a thin glaze, and of course, that it dries extremely quickly. There were extenders on the market, that keep the paint wet longer, but thinning it out would still break the paint’s ability to cohere, flow, and hold pigment. Now there is an extender with acrylic media as well as an acrylic thinner for airbrush. When mixed together these two media replace the use of water and allow thin color glazing. It works quite a bit like oil glazing. I had hoped to be able to have a watercolor-like response, and I experimented above the cumulonimbus in the layered storm front- laying down the painting flat I brushed in areas of wet color and misted water over it with a spray bottle, then dabbing back in with a brush, and locked it in with a blow dryer. There is possibility there for further play.
I reworked all 4 of the Entropy Bale paintings (see sidebar Bale to see them prior to glazing), the Bandalier scene below, and have 3 more big works from the last few months to revisit.