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Transparent Paint

I love starting my oil paintings with transparent color washes as so many of you have seen in my demonstration within our workshop programs. I try to retain as much of these transparent colors while I resolve the painting to completion.

Over many years….both students as well as Collectors have asked me “Why, Albert, why do you so love transparent colors in the under-painting when working with such an opaque medium like oils?”

Three thoughts come to mind. I remember at the Students Art League in NYC Coffee Shop, someone said, “A truly fine painting has an inner light all of its own.” As I continued to paint seriously, I soon realized my transparent under-painting technique accomplished this with great beauty and it has an inner light-!

Secondly, I so love transparent color washes and in my opinion, there’s nothing more luminous!

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Rushing Water, Oil 28×30, Albert Handell

And lastly, I highly value the textural variety of the transparent color washes contrasting with my opaque brush knife work.

May you enjoy experimenting with all these insights…the best to you and painting.
Albert