Glazing a LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee of Portofino, Italy

Today I’m beginning to embellish a Limited Original Giclee on Canvas of my Oil Painting PORTOFINO REFLECTIONS. The unembellished art is shown above. Please keep in mind as you read through my blog, you may click on any image to see it larger.

The process starts by painting over some areas of the Giclee with thin Glazes or Washes of Oil Paint + Liquin Original (#1). Here are the recipes for the glazes on the Portofino Harbor: #2. Cobalt Blue + Liquin Original. This mix is also used to glaze the blue portion of the sky. #3. Ultramarine Blue + Liquin Original. #4. Pthalo Blue + Liquin Original.

Come watch some of the Glazing Process!

Glazing the sky and background is now complete. Comparing the picture above to the first image in this post, you can see how the glazes have enhanced the colors, making them richer and more intense.

The cobblestones and terra cotta flower pots are glazed with a mix of Burnt Sienna + Liquin Original, intensifying the warmth of the terrace.

The darks along the edges of the roofs, as well as the posts lining the pier and tall flag pole, are accentuated with a mix of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin Original. My wrist is braced against my mahl stick that is hooked over the top of my easel. This steadies my hand as I delineate the details. WHAT IS A MAHL STICK? CLICK HERE to find out!

My collectors are scuba enthusiasts, they’ve asked me to include some of their equipment in their painting. I’ve taped my reference picture to part of the Giclee that has not been glazed. The boat moored by the foreground terrace is the perfect spot to put the tanks, ready for a quick getaway to go dive.

After drawing the Mask and Snorkel, the Tanks are covered with a thin oil wash of White + Liquin Original.

Shutters and Doors on the brightly colored buildings in the background are repainted with Viridian Green. Next, the Flags dancing in the gentle sea breeze and the Awnings shading the walk along the pier are highlighted with a mix of White + Ultramarine Blue.

Moving to the elegant sailboats in the harbor, their colorful hulls and crisp white sails are repainted.

The distant portion of the harbor is complete, I’ll begin painting on the closest boats and foreground in our next session. Since I’ve NEVER done any scuba diving I sent an image to my collector, asking if the scuba tanks were the right size. He replied very kindly and said they need to be about one half that size. What I don’t know certainly shows! SO, I’ll make that correction as work continues. Hope you’ll come back to my studio and follow along.

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2 Responses to “Glazing a LIMITED ORIGINAL Giclee of Portofino, Italy”

  1. Jason Says:

    Love it !

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